Paul L. Caron

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson's Faith

I must begin these very brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure, and I do know that one can only come this far by faith. — Ketanji Brown Jackson, February 25, 2022

Christianity Today, Ketanji Brown Jackson Thanks God for Supreme Court Nomination:

Immediately after President Joe Biden introduced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the US Supreme Court at a White House event on Friday, the federal appeals court judge stepped up to the podium and appealed to the divine. ...

Jackson did not mention a specific faith tradition in her remarks, so it was not immediately clear whether she would alter the religious makeup of the Supreme Court, which currently consists primarily of Catholic and Jewish justices (Justice Neil Gorsuch was raised Catholic but attended an Episcopal Church in Colorado). ...

Jamie L. Manson, president of Catholics for Choice praised Jackson as a jurist with “a long and distinguished record of legal work and judicial decisions that protect and advance the constitutional rights of marginalized Americans, including women and pregnant people, immigrants, and people with disabilities.”

Manson also made mention of Jackson’s April 2021 Senate confirmation hearing to serve on the US Court of Appeals. Manson said Jackson expressed “a clear and firm commitment to the principle that true religious liberty involves both freedom of and freedom from religion.”

During that hearing, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley noted Jackson had served on the board of Montrose Christian School. The Maryland school, which has since been closed, operated under a statement of faith that declared “we should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death” and outlined a belief that marriage exists only between a man and a woman.

In responding to Hawley, who said he agreed with the statements, Jackson distanced herself from the school’s beliefs. She said she did not “necessarily agree with all of the statements,” and was not previously aware of their existence.

She went on to express support for religious liberty, describing it as a “foundational tenet of our entire government.”

Showbizcorner, What Religion Is Ketanji Brown Jackson? Fans Are Curious And Speculating Her To Be Jewish:

[T]here is no official news on Ketanji's religion. Moreover, Jackson has yet to reveal her religion to the public. Also, there is no information on her being Jewish. Still and all, she is involved with an organization named the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and is married to a Jewish husband.

Faith in Public Life, National Faith Leaders Applaud Historic Biden SCOTUS Nominee

OnlySky, Ketanji Brown Jackson Was Wrong to Say “One Can Only Come This Far By Faith”:

[W]hen she accepted the nomination yesterday, one part of her otherwise fantastic speech stood out because of how she talked about God.

There’s nothing wrong with people in Jackson’s position thanking God for their success if that’s what they believe. There’s certainly nothing illegal about it. But it’s still bizarre for someone with Jackson’s incredible résumé to suggest she could have only gotten to this point with God’s help. ...

This is a woman who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She graduated from Harvard’s law school. She clerked for a district judge, appellate judge, and Justice Stephen Breyer (whom she would be replacing). She worked at a high-paying corporate law firm but also served as a low-paid public defender.

It takes an extraordinary amount of hard work and tenacity to achieve any one of those goals, much less all of them. That’s all her, not God.

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