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National Faith Leader Remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


September 19, 2020


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

National Faith Leader Remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington, D.C. — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an intellectual, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a sage, a fighter and a prophet who shone a light of justice in often dark chambers. Her passing on the first night of Rosh Hashanah leaves Jewish Americans and the whole faith community in a state of grief. In her memory, we raise a call of commitment to carry on her work for equal protection under the law, equal access to health care, the right to vote, and so many other moral issues.  

Voting in the 2020 election has already begun, and the leaders we are now in the process of choosing are the right people to select our next Supreme Court justice. Ramming through a lifetime appointment before then would be an unpatriotic attack on our democracy. The legitimacy of the court is at stake.

Majority Leader McConnell spat upon Justice Ginsburg’s legacy by announcing his intent to help fill her seat in the middle of an election. Every senator now faces a moral choice that will define their legacy. God is watching.

Though my vision is blurred by tears today, I still see that light of justice that God emitted through Justice Ginsburg’s work and witness. People of faith who believe in justice and equality will protect her legacy.”


Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, we are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level. Our network of 50,000 leaders engage in bold moral action that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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