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Ketanji Jackson’s Surprising Candidacy

I’ve previously noted one big reason to be surprised to find Ketanji Brown Jackson on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Here’s another:

According to the questionnaire response that she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with her 2012 nomination to a federal district court, Ketanji Brown Jackson served as an advisory school board member for the Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland, in 2010 and 2011. The Montrose Christian School is a ministry of the Montrose Baptist Church.

As its website proclaims, the Montrose Christian School provides “Christ-centered education for the glory of the Savior and the good of society.” In addition to a statement of the truths that “[w]e uncompromisingly hold,” the school directs the reader to the “fuller understanding of what we believe” on the Montrose Baptist Church’s website. That fuller statement of beliefs includes these forthright propositions (emphasis added):

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation . . . .

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. . . . In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love.…

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. 

Now it’s possible, of course, that Ketanji Brown Jackson was somehow unaware of the mission and philosophy of the Montrose Christian School when she served on its advisory school board, or that she was working to change its mission and philosophy, or who knows what else. For present purposes, I will simply note that the Left and the media would mercilessly attack any Supreme Court nominee of a Republican president who had such a tie. 

(To be clear: By setting forth the Montrose Christian School’s beliefs, I do not mean to imply any criticism of them.)


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