RBG was not all that

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Former Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dear Sir

I have no doubt that anyone who says anything bad against former Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would face an onslaught of criticism from American society and societies around the world where she remains revered for her support of women’s rights and gay rights.

And I’ll give jack, or maybe Jane, her jacket. Ginsburg has made significant contributions to the advancement of women and displayed great intellectual prowess during her tenure as a Supreme Court Judge on many an occasion. However, it cannot be forgotten that she was one of the judges on the Supreme Court, who, in the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges, sanctioned gay marriage – a decision that eroded some more, Christian values in the US; for this reason, she was not all that.

I will admit that I liked the woman’s gumption, her determination. I recall reading about her continuing to preside over a case involving president Donald Trump from her hospital bed, and feeling excited as she continued to stand up to Trump, thinking to myself, “Go Ruth”; for she was, indeed, a force to be reckoned with, and that has to be respected.

But she faltered with her assent to gay marriage in 2015. Her moral compass went awry there. In fact, she has even married gay couples. So, I cannot, like the rest of this world, heap praises blindly upon this woman.

In effect, it is misguided to put RBG, as she has come to be known, on a pedestal. Now, there is a general tendency around the globe to “beautify” or “canonize” the dead, but some soberness is needed here.  In fact, there should always be some degree of soberness when speaking about any deceased person. No one is perfect, and some are just awful.

So while I do have some respect for the “Notorious RBG” and believe that she must be respected on some level, for she was highly intelligent, a champion for justice and, as noted before, a force to be reckoned with, she didn’t always get it right.

Her lack of respect for the word of God where her too liberal decision on gay marriage is concerned, cannot and must not be overlooked.

Akilah Holder

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