Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
The United States Constitution does not state in so many words that there is a separation of church and state. The first part of the First Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Therefore, it is more accurate to say that the Constitution promotes freedom of religion and prohibits the federal government from inhibiting its citizens’ ability to worship as they wish. While Congress cannot enact a state religion, the Constitution says nothing about banning religion from the public square. Here are examples that prove America has never demanded a complete separation of church and state: Our Pledge of Allegiance contains the words “one nation under God.” A portrait of Moses with the Ten Commandments tablet is on the wall of the United States Supreme Court. The Lincoln Memorial has chiseled in it “Judgments of the Lord are righteous.” There is a prayer room in Congress.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The Bible states the heart is wicked and who can know it. Therefore, basically the fallen nature of man.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I'm a evangelical Christian. I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and the foundation for living as well as for good government. Because of my Biblical views, I believe that life begins at conception and should be protected at all stages, including the end of life.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?
Justice Roberts & Justice Thomas (both)
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2012 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Republican Primary, 2018 General Election
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: *Republican Party of Texas, Treasurer, 1998 – 2001 *Republican Party of Texas, Associate General Counsel, 2001 – 2002 *Texas Republican Hispanic Assembly, General Counsel (past) *Top 10 Republican Players, Capital Inside, 2006 Outstanding National Eagle Forum Award, (For Support of the US Constitution) *Eagle Forum National Chairman for Judicial Reform (past) *Lifetime member of the NRA OTHER ACTIVITIES: *Co-Pastor Hands of Hope Revival Center *Speaker for Women's Meetings, 1981 to date *Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Commissioner and Chairman, 1997-2006 *Ruby Award (Women’s Leadership Award), Brookview Community Church, 2018 *Church Law Seminar Speaker, 1995 – 2000 *Texas Co-Chair, 10 Commandments Rally, 2003 -2004 *American Family Radio, Texas Advisory Council (past) *Outstanding Civic Leadership Award, Victorious Life Church, 1995
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Gina Parker is an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years of experience as a successful attorney, former prosecutor, businesswoman, former homebuilder, and community leader. Gina has been a Lecturer on Constitutional Law speaking about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, separation of powers, and the proper role of judges for over 30 years. Gina is a constitutional conservative with a strong belief that judges should preserve the rule of law and interpret the law as written. Gina has a wide-ranging legal career including criminal law, civil law, business law, church law, and appellate work. As a public servant she has represented Texas citizens as a City Attorney, Assistant County Attorney and Assistant District Attorney. She served on and chaired the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation overseeing and ruling on over a thousand administrative law case appeals.
In what areas of law have you practiced?
General Civil Law, Criminal Law, Church Law, and Business Law. Also, I have handled Criminal Appeals. My criminal law experience includes misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases as well as handling mental illness proceedings and CPS cases.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Justice Scalia is my role model because he ardently believed in strict constitutional interpretation as opposed to viewing the constitution as an evolving document subject to the social and political currents of the times. Justice Scalia speaking at SMU in 2013, unequivocally declared that the “constitution is not a living document.” He said, “It is dead, dead, dead.” He also said,“...Day by day, case by case, [the Court] is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.” I admire him because he had respect for the rule of law. It is imperative for the integrity of the judicial system to return to the rule of law.
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The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.
There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.
I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
There should be more than nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Justice Samuel Alito & Justice Clarence Thomas
Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?
President Donald Trump
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Generally, the role of legislative intent in enacting legislation may sometimes be considered by the judiciary when interpreting the law. The judiciary may attempt to determine legislative intent when the law is ambiguous or does not appear to directly address a particular issue or when there appears to be a legislative error. However, Justice Scalia said, “The greatest defect of legislative history is its illegitimacy. We are governed by laws and not by intentions of legislators.” He went on to say, “The text is the law, and it is the text that must be observed.”
What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —