Doug Collins Disses RBG & the Catholic Faith

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Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) just can’t help himself when it comes to deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Rather than push any positives of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in his Twitter feed, he has chosen once again to disparage RBG . . . and the Catholic faith at the same time.

Recently, Collins tweeted this: 

Now, if you are not Catholic, you may not understand why putting a “crown” in a graphic atop Judge Barrett’s head might be offensive. It looks like a simple play on a graphic that may exist somewhere of RBG.

But to rest that crown on Judge Barrett’s head mocks not only her faith but also that of countless other Catholics.

Aside from Jesus, only Mary is a crowned figure within the Catholic Church. Because of her role in the Catholic belief system—as the mother of Jesus and the “spouse” of the Holy Spirit—Mary has many titles within the Church, and one of them is Queen of Heaven. 

Without getting too deep into Mariology, Catholics believe Mary was without sin, Christ’s most faithful disciple, and the mother of all Catholics.

Now, as Collins received his Masters of Divinity at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I do not expect him to be a scholar about Mary. But I would expect him to have SOME kind of sensitivity about the place of Mary within the Catholic Church. He most certainly knows Judge Barrett is herself Catholic. 

But then, I have always been surprised by Collins’s public demeanor as opposed to his curriculum vitae. On paper, and as a former GOP voter, he would appear to be the kind of politician for whom I would vote: a man of faith, a lawyer, someone who has served his country in both the U.S. Navy and the Air Force Reserve. 

But his behavior as a politician in the era of Trump means I could never vote for him. 

To me, he has twisted his faith to bow before the Golden Idol of Trumpism. He is not a measured man, but one who shouts and screams in defense of a fraud who found his way into the White House; a man so antithetical to the character of Jesus in the Gospels it does not stretch the language to say Trump is an anti-Christ figure in the sense that Judas was. 

By that I mean a man with his eyes fixed only on worldly power.  Someone who would sell his soul for 30 pieces of silver.

Fortunately for me, there is a Senate candidate who embodies true morality: Reverend Raphael Warnock. 

Pastor of the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta’s historic 4th Ward, Warnock, a Democrat, literally walks in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He preaches from behind King’s pulpit, and he is cast in the mold of a softer-spoken social justice warrior, again as was King, but able to raise his voice with moral authority on issues of importance to Georgians. 

He does not need to demean a dead woman to make himself look falsely bigger as Collins does. 

And though he may or may not understand the importance of Mary in a Catholic faith like mine, I don’t believe he would demean her — wittingly or not.

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Cheryle Johnson is a former reporter, PR/HR Manager living in Metro Atlanta. She is an award winning journalist and poet.

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