But the religious information service Jack Jenkins tweets that Jackson will be “the only current Supreme Court Justice who *publicly* identifies as a Protestant.”
“Gorsuch attended an Episcopal Church before joining SCOTUS,” says Jenkins, “but grew up Catholic and how he personally identifies is unclear.”
3. Jackson “put his religious faith front and center – and vague,” notes Peter Smith of the Associated Press. “She spoke forcefully about the role of her faith in her life and career, but did not go into detail about that commitment.”
RNS’s Adelle Banks offers more details about Jackson’s past statements about his faith in God.
4. At a hearing last month, Jackson was pressed on her faith by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, ReligionUnplugged.com’s Reports by Hamil R. Harris.
News from the Desert Kelsey Dallas recounts this exchange between Graham and Jackson:
“On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are in terms of religion? I go to church probably three times a year, which says a lot about me. Do you go to church regularly? said Graham.
Jackson declined to give a rating, noting that she was worried about the message it would send to Americans watching at home.
“I hesitate to talk about my faith in this way simply because I want to be aware of the need for the public to have confidence in my ability to separate my personal opinions,” she said.
5. Jackson’s role on a Christian school board provides a window into his beliefs, according to ABC News’ Devin Dwyer.
On her 18th birthday, just days after starting her freshman year at Harvard in 1988, Ketanji Brown Jackson says she broke down in tears on the steps of the university library, overcome with homesickness and seeking comfort in faith.
“Even in my loneliness, I thanked God for the opportunity he had given me, for the solid foundation he had provided, and also for the path I had traveled,” Jackson recounted years later in a speech to graduates of Montrose Christian School, a private Baptist-affiliated high school in Rockville, Maryland, where she served on the advisory board.
“The Bible is filled with people who, by faith, were able to see beyond the present, to a world of hope and glory,” she said, according to a copy of the 2011 speech reviewed by ABC. News. “God knows what awaits each of us. The best you can do, looking to the future, is to have a long-term view.
A quick final note about Jackson: Prior to law school, she spent a year working at Weather magazine.
While there, she contributed an article to Time longtime religious writer, Richard Ostling, now retired.
AP’s Smith shares this:
In addition to the many accolades from his distinguished career in religious journalism, Dick Ostling may include this: sharing story credit with a future Supreme Court nominee. In 1993, Ketanji Brown worked as a researcher and reporter for Time between her undergraduate years and her law school years. In those days, stringers would often send material to writers, often in different cities without ever meeting in person. Dick says he can’t remember if he ever met future Judge Jackson – so he can’t offer insight into his religious beliefs and practices. (I asked.) This article, about dissent within the ACLU, was included in the roughly 2,000-page package of background material on Jackson that the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Brown. Thanks to Holly Meyer for spotting this.
Ostling points out that the article was not about religion. It replaced a different section of the magazine that week.