US Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson asked about her faith

The Supreme Court nominee chosen by US President Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson was auditioned by US senators on Tuesday. Among the many topics that were discussed during this exchange, the judge was questioned about her faith. 

Since Monday, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been questioned at length every day by US senators.

The candidate chosen by US President Joe Biden to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States was interrogated in particular on the legal status of abortion, on same-sex marriage, on the cases she has defended as a lawyer and on her faith.

Religion News Service reports Senator Lindsey Graham asked the candidate, “On a scale of 1 to 10 how much would you say you have faith? ".

The judge who declared herself to be Protestant replied that there was no religious test to pass to sit on the Court.

Lindsey Graham continued her questioning, asking if she could "fairly" judge a Catholic.

The next day, Tuesday March 22, the faith of Ketanji Brown Jackson was once again mentioned. When she told Louisiana Senator John Kennedy that she didn't know when life begins, he asked her, “Do you have any beliefs? ".

"I have personal religious beliefs that have nothing to do with the law," she said. As the senator pressed, she added, "I have a religious belief that I set aside when deciding cases."

The subject of religion came up later in an exchange with Senator Cory Brooker. The opportunity for Ketanji Brown Jackson to talk about his grandmother and to affirm: “When you go through difficult times, you get closer to your family and you turn to faith. This is also part of my experience”.

AFP reports that she refused to answer questions that were not directly relevant to her candidacy, repeatedly stressing that political questions should be better addressed to politicians.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 51-year-old justice will become the first black woman and the sixth woman to serve on the Supreme Court where justices are appointed for life. She will replace progressive judge Stephen Breyer.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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