NO Bully on the Supreme Court!

In yesterday’s hearings at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh reacted at the political level exactly as Dr. Blasey Ford describes his behavior at the physical level.

He wants a seat on the Supreme Court; at the possibility of being denied it he responded with fury and verbal violence. Just so, when he wanted sex and was refused it, he responded with physical violence. He is a bully, and everything we know about his judicial behavior and what we now know from three distinct women about his physical behavior jibe. They fit together.

The American people do not deserve a bully on the Supreme Court. Please call your own Senators and Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski to urge them to vote No on confirming Kavanaugh, because he has shown himself to be not unqualified but DISqualified to sit as a judge, let alone on the Supreme Court.

This decision will affect the next 30 years of American history. It is not only women he will bully, though it was notable that he expressed his bullying even more toward the women Senators than toward the critical male Senators. Those of us who are men have a sacred responsibility toward our own honor, to the decency of our male children and grandchildren, and to all Americans to teach that being male does not mean being a bully and a rapist.

Torah teaches that we celebrate Sukkot because the first sukkot were places of protection for refugees – the vulnerable runaway slaves of the Exodus.   (Lev 23: 43).  This Sukkot, it is a Jewish obligation to help build American  society as a sukkah, a place of shalom for all the vulnerable. A place to shelter all of us from bullies.

To do that we must act now by calling, visiting, imploring, sitting-in --   insisting that our Senators vote against empowering a bully;  help Grow the Vote  by working to register new voters (especially from millennials and others who have a history of low voter turn-out in “off-year” elections) and follow through by voting ourselves and helping others vote in November.

Ufros alenu sukkat shlomecha-  Spread over all of us the Sukkah of Shalom! 

 

__  Arthur

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Bully on the Court

Rabbi, First of all, I'm not opposing or supporting Kavanaugh for ideological reasons, and am trying to be objective about the sexual assault charges. In my opinion, both Ford and Kavanaugh seemed credible yesterday. However, I do not buy your logic that goes something like this. "He wants a seat on the Supreme Court. This being jeopardized, he lashes back at his interlocutors with with verbal violence and fury. This is bullying and jibes with the behaviors described by the three named women accusing him of sexual violence. Therefore Kavanaugh has unintentionally outed himself as guilty of sexual assault and his demeanor toward the court has disqualified him." I heard Kavanaugh say that he is innocent of all sexual assault charges, and that his admitted anger is in defense of his character and his family, and what he asserts is the all out attempt to keep him from being seated on the court for partisan ideological reasons. It is highly unlikely that Dr. Ford's charges can ever be substantiated; however, guilty or not (God only knows), Kavanaugh will forever be marked as tainted. A lot of women are coming forth in this "Me,Too" moment to share their horror stories of being victimized by sexual assault. The Catholic Church is under a tsunami of evidence. This is a time of long-needed awakening in America. But we should also remember that the pointed finger of accusation caused innocent people to be burned as witches at the stake in Salem, MA,. And read again the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. (Genesis 39). Several years ago a neighbor lady told my wife she had seen me fooling around with some attractive women in a nearby town.The woman spread the gossip all over the neighborhood. When I nicely confronted her, she said she knew it was me. Yet this was completely untrue. The woman was severely diabetic with very bad eyesight. I shook it off without much worry since the hundreds of women I have supervised or otherwise worked with, along with numerous friends, would vouch that I have always been proper and respectful of women in every way. BUT, what does an innocent guy do if a woman decides to accuse him of sexual assault and she is presumed to be right? I have four sons that I am confident are proper in their behavior. America has a tragic history of racially-motivated lynchings. Let's not resort to lynchings that emanate out of prejudicial ideological bent. In closing, I deeply respect the work of the Shalom Center, and appreciate this opportunity to raise a critique.

Rabbi,

Rabbi, First of all, I'm not opposing or supporting Kavanaugh for ideological reasons, and am trying to be objective about the sexual assault charges. In my opinion, both Ford and Kavanaugh seemed credible yesterday. However, I do not buy your logic that goes something like this. "He wants a seat on the Supreme Court. This being jeopardized, he lashes back at his interlocutors with with verbal violence and fury. This is bullying and jibes with the behaviors described by the three named women accusing him of sexual violence. Therefore Kavanaugh has unintentionally outed himself as guilty of sexual assault and his demeanor toward the court has disqualified him." I heard Kavanaugh say that he is innocent of all sexual assault charges, and that his admitted anger is in defense of his character and his family, and what he asserts is the all out attempt to keep him from being seated on the court for partisan ideological reasons. It is highly unlikely that Dr. Ford's charges can ever be substantiated; however, guilty or not (God only knows), Kavanaugh will forever be marked as tainted. A lot of women are coming forth in this "Me,Too" moment to share their horror stories of being victimized by sexual assault. The Catholic Church is under a tsunami of evidence. This is a time of long-needed awakening in America. But we should also remember that the pointed finger of accusation caused innocent people to be burned as witches at the stake in Salem, MA,. And read again the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. (Genesis 39). Several years ago a neighbor lady told my wife she had seen me fooling around with some attractive women in a nearby town.The woman spread the gossip all over the neighborhood. When I nicely confronted her, she said she knew it was me. Yet this was completely untrue. The woman was severely diabetic with very bad eyesight. I shook it off without much worry since the hundreds of women I have supervised or otherwise worked with, along with numerous friends, would vouch that I have always been proper and respectful of women in every way. BUT, what does an innocent guy do if a woman decides to accuse him of sexual assault and she is presumed to be right? I have four sons that I am confident are proper in their behavior. America has a tragic history of racially-motivated lynchings. Let's not resort to lynchings that emanate out of prejudicial ideological bent. In closing, I deeply respect the work of the Shalom Center, and appreciate this opportunity to raise a critique.

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