In the Case of Collins v. Ginsburg

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For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

As high as the heavens are above the earth,

so high are my ways above your ways

and my thoughts above your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

The above is from the Mass Readings for Sunday, September 20, the 25th Sunday of what we Catholics call “Ordinary Time.”

But there is nothing ordinary about the world in which we currently live. It is filled with vitriol and hate right now, and those negative emotions are spilling into our lives from the very top from our community leaders and drowning us.

One such leader is Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) who is running for the Senate seat vacated in January by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and filled on appointment by Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who is running to retain that seat for four more years. 

It was Collins’s ugly tweet upon the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Friday that lit up the “trending” comments Saturday on Twitter. I myself was only one small voice amplified by many that called out loudly about the insensitivity of Collins’s tweet on the death of the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court bench. 

There is not one word in this tweet that expresses the slightest respect for RBG and her passing. Collins seems to hold her personally responsible for every abortion undertaken since the passage of Roe v. Wade.

Let’s be clear: RBG was not a Supreme Court justice in 1973 when Roe v. Wade was passed, a landmark decision that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy without undue government restriction. Roe v. Wade was long-settled law of the land when Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993. 

There is a legal word for established precedent under the law called stare decisis. Collins should be familiar with the term—he is a lawyer, in addition to being a pastor and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. 

How does such an accomplished man become so contemptible in his public demeanor? Well, when one bows to the Golden Idol of Trumpism as Collins has shown himself willing to do, he stops walking with God and he replaces his own judgement for that of the Lord. 

Collins claims in another recent tweet that “as a pastor and father, the issue of life is deeply personal to me.” 

But not life in its continuum. Collins recently voted against the Heroes Act that languishes on Mitch McConnell’s desk. The bill was designed to help American citizens as they struggle to deal with the health and economic consequences of COVID–19 in their lives and their grief for those they have lost in death to this virus.

The only word Collins has for the living is: “No.” No, I will not vote for legislation that can save lives, feed children, and keep a roof over a family’s head in the midst of a pandemic. 

His pastoral concern is only for the unborn; the living should just tough it out. It is Dickensian in its manner, denying the living an opportunity to safeguard their health and survive a super virus as if they were asking for a second bowl of gruel. And that such a request from those who hunger in this way is an outrage. 

He also shows no pastoral concern for the dead and the family RBG left behind: her children, Jane and James, and her four grandchildren. 

Funny how he is unable to acknowledge that RBG was a mother and a grandmother. He’s trying to persuade people that RBG’s legacy is abortion but she doesn’t seem like a person who wants to do away with families to me.

Collins also doesn’t acknowledge RBG’s own devout Judaism, although as an Evangelical Christian, he most probably lays claim to the Holy Land and the connection to Israel all Christians feel. 

How does one spurn the death of someone who followed the Mosaic law in which Christianity has its roots? 

When Lazarus died, Jesus wept. 

Collins has no tears for the dead. Just a desire to put an ultra-conservative justice on the Supreme Court so that women lose their standing as equal before the law. 

And it was that—full equality for women—that RBG sought. 

In his rush to judge, Collins misrepresents who Ruth Bader Ginsburg was. He condemns her for the free will choices God gave us all to make, whether or not we agree with other people’s decisions based on our own faith beliefs.

He will be our judge, and He will do so through the Divine Mercy of His love. Not Doug Collins. 

May God have mercy on Collins as well as RBG, for He loves ALL His children (not just those deemed worthy by a political party following a president who has shown he is not fit to lead this nation).


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