TN Faith Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

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Southern Christian Coalition notes TN Senators opposed Jackson

As the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court today, faith leaders in Tennessee spoke out in support of the move. While both Tennessee U.S. Senators - Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty - opposed the nomination, Jackson was confirmed on a 53-47 bipartisan vote.

In a press release, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition stated their support of Jackson.

“With other faith leaders across the country I celebrate the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court,” said Rev. Billy Vaughan, Retired United Methodist Pastor and retired Professor at Memphis Theological Seminary. “Her appointment as the first African American woman in our history to the highest court in the land is one that is long overdue. While continuing to be embarrassed by the rude and shallow questions by our Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, I’m grateful such behavior did not  halt this historic confirmation. It was refreshing to see Judge Jackson rise above the fray. Her professionalism, character and respect were obvious throughout the hearings. Judge Jackson will be a great asset to the Supreme Court and to this country.” 

“With both eloquence and calm, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson navigated a bitter confirmation hearing fueled by one of the most divisive social climates this nation has ever experienced,” said Rev. Brandon Berg, Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bristol. “I pray our members of Congress, especially those who represent our beautiful state of Tennessee, will recognize her professionalism and qualifications, and will herald her as exemplary not only as a judge, but as a human being. I am thrilled that she will soon join the august institution that is the Supreme Court, and even more excited that the Court will now look just a little more like the beautifully diverse tapestry of our nation.”

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