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Why the Christian Right Couldn't Care Less About Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh

September 18, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

It's nothing but hypocrisy.


Memories of Justice Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Senate confirmation hearings have come flooding back this week, with Christine Blasey Ford—a 51-year-old psychology professor at Palo Alto University in Northern California—accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, of attempted rape.

On September 17, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted the parallels between the two by discussing Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh and playing old October 1991 clips of Sen. Joe Biden questioning Anita Hill—who alleged that Thomas had sexually harassed her and described to her, in elaborate detail, hardcore porn films he had viewed. Regardless of Hill’s allegations, Thomas has been an icon of the Christian Right, just as far-right white evangelicals are longing to see Kavanaugh confirmed. And once again, we are reminded that for the Christian Right, tribalism always takes a back seat to the morality and piety they claim to represent.

Despite Hill’s accusations against him in 1991, Thomas has been one of the most socially conservative justices on the Supreme Court—and the Christian Right has generally applauded the nomination of Kavanaugh, who would replace the retired Anthony Kennedy, a right-wing 1987 Ronald Reagan appointee who was fiscally conservative but showed libertarian-ish leanings when it came to gay rights and abortion. The Christian Right is hoping that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will join Thomas and other social conservatives on the High Court in ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade (the 1973 ruling that, in effect, made abortion legal in all 50 states). And those who have applauded Kavanaugh’s nomination have ranged from Karen Swallow Prior of Liberty University (founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr.) to the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins (who considers Kavanaugh a “strict constitutionalist” despite his appalling record on civil rights).

Had a Democratic nominee for the Supreme Court been accused of attempted rape, the Christian Right would be demanding the nominee’s immediate withdrawal. But Kavanaugh, regardless of Ford’s accusation, will get a pass from the Christian Right because they see him as part of their tribe—just as Thomas got a pass in 1991, and just as President Donald …read more

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