How Different Was Supreme Court Justice John McLean from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy?

Supreme Court Justice John McLean was appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1829.  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (who authored the Supreme Court’s recent legalization of same-sex “marriage”) was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.  Could these two Supreme Court justices think more differently?

Could someone like John McLean even been appointed to the Supreme Court today?  Would not his faith in the Bible as a foundation for liberty disqualify him?  Let us therefore take note of just how far our nation has drifted from where it previously stood with respect to God.

The morality of the Bible must continue to be the basis of our government. There is no other foundation for free institutions.
–  John McLean (1785-1861) U.S. Congressman and Supreme Court Justice

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 103.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.

 

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