UUCA Statement Upon Hearing the News of the Kavanaugh Confirmation
For the past two days, our nation has been immersed in the events unfolding in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yesterday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described her experience of being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
For women around the country, it was an excruciatingly painful ordeal. For every survivor who goes public with their story, there are hundreds of others who never will. Yesterday, Dr. Ford’s was the voice of millions. Millions of survivors are remembering their own traumas and how their lives were changed in an instant by male sexual violence.
To the survivors, we send you our love. As memories resurface and panic or fear seems to take hold, know that we are with you. We believe you. And you are not alone. Please, surround yourselves with people who believe you and will care for you in this time. Be gentle with yourselves.
After watching Dr. Ford bravely tell her story, we witnessed Bret Kavanaugh do what many abusers do; deny, evade, and even lash out. This behavior is alarming and clearly shows that he lacks the kind of judicial temperament required to serve on such an august body as the Supreme Court.
We also saw him receive considerably more expressions of sympathy from the male senators than the woman he allegedly sexually assaulted.
And we heard these male senators, boisterously argue how Dr. Ford’s testimony is nothing more than a Democratic conspiracy, and therefore invalid and dismissible.
For us, it was Exhibit A of white, heterosexual, upper-class, male privilege on display. It was a nightmare: the establishment protecting its own, and, in so doing, emphasizing the message that women are truly second-class citizens, and that this country will favor a man’s power and entitlement at the expense of a woman’s voice and body, every time.
And now, today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor. However, there is some hope as Senators Flake and Murkowski have requested that the FBI be given a week to do a background investigation into Kavanaugh.
We shall see what happens next.
Meanwhile, with great frustration, we are seeing a man unsuited to be a Supreme Court judge getting closer and closer to stepping up into the highest of offices.
We are witnessing generations of women hearing loud and clear the message that it’s ok for “boys to be boys.”
We strongly condemn this, as out of line with our Unitarian Universalist values and with all common-sense decency.
It’s a discouraging time, and we want survivors and everyone to know that you are not alone in this. Your ministers are here for you. Your lay ministers are here for you. The isolation one can feel in a time like this is terrible. Know that your congregation is with you.
Also know that we are committed to a safer world. We will not back down or turn around. Justice is a marathon, not a sprint.
We will keep moving forward, and forward, and forward, until woman are first-class citizens, and all people are united in a common vision of Beloved Community.
Love and Courage,
Rev. Anthony Makar, UUCA Senior Minister
Taryn Strauss, UUCA Acting Associate Minister
Contact Pastoral Care
National Sexual Assault Hotline