We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

With the power to shape the laws and the Constitution, the Supreme Court exerts enormous force in our society. As we have seen in various landmark cases over the last few years—from Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece Cakeshop to Whole Woman’s Health and Obergefell—the justices appointed to the court have the power to shape our country’s future for generations to come. That power extends to interpreting laws directly related to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice as well as laws impacting voting rights, affordable health care, immigration, economic inequality, and the separation of church and state. There is so much at stake in the nomination and confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice. Unfortunately, we have every reason to believe Brett Kavanaugh would turn the balance of the nation’s highest court against women, LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, and poor people. Two weeks ago, Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey published a piece expressing concerns over Kavanaugh’s nomination and calling people of faith to resist his confirmation, despite the odds.
 
Since that piece was published, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward, sharing that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school. The behavior she described was wrong and deeply disturbing. Sexual assault, harassment, and violence are the antithesis of sexual morality and justice. They are an abuse of power, causing what is often irreparable harm and trauma. At the Religious Institute, we believe Dr. Ford, and we think it is high time for survivors of sexual assault to be respected and heard—not further harassed—when they come forward. The Senate must not vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until Dr. Ford is able to safely tell her story and the necessary investigation takes place. Anything else would be a deeply immoral miscarriage of justice—for Dr. Ford and the American people.

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