Far-left U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) used resurrection imagery during an Easter Sunday church service to laud Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"The stone has been rolled away from the tomb," Schumer, who is Jewish, said from the pulpit at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn after spending several minutes praising Jackson, who will be the first black woman to sit on the high court.
What are the details?
Schumer began his sermon of sorts by addressing his "brothers and sisters" and saying "the last time we got together in person for Easter, it was 2019, I was still minority leader, Donald Trump was terrorizing New York and our nation with his hatred, his bigotry and lies, and little did we know what the future held in store for us. ... To sum it up, it's been a dark few years."
He continued, curiously, by saying, "But on this day, more than any other day, we remember God's promise to his people ... that was once thought lost will be redeemed and renewed and more glorious than ever before. That even in the darkest times, there are bright lights, and this month, folks, we witnessed one of the brightest that we hope is a metaphor, an indication, a good omen of more bright lights to come — the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!"
Schumer then spent several minutes praising Jackson, noting that her confirmation is "restoring balance to our judicial system that was thrown out of whack by Donald Trump and his vicious, nasty, and sometimes even outright racist [appointments] to the bench." Schumer then praised himself by saying he "made history by appointing for the time ever our three black U.S. attorneys in New York."
Schumer finished up by saying, "My brothers and sisters, in conclusion, this is what the changing of the seasons looks like. It looks like progress, it looks like growth, it looks like our everlasting struggle to perfect what was once imperfect. Lord knows it took too long to get here, but now that we're here, there's no going back. The stone has been rolled away from the tomb, and all those good things that we hoped and prayed for will come to pass. So happy Easter. God bless all of you."
Here's the clip, which starts as Schumer heads to the pulpit. He begins speaking about Jackson at the 3:45 mark and then uses resurrection imagery just after the 7-minute mark:
Chuck Schumer Lauds KBJ Vote From A.R. Bernard's Pulpit On Easter: "The Stone Has Been Rolled Away" youtu.be
How did folks react?
Those commenting on the video were astonished by Schumer's sermon:
- "Words fail," one commenter wrote. "This is utter blasphemy."
- "How can true believers put up with this idolatry[?]" another commenter wondered.
- "I am speechless," another commenter said.
- "This pulpit is literally shrouded in darkness," another commenter declared.
Earlier in the video, the church's pastor, A.R. Bernard, remarked that Schumer has come to the Christian Cultural Center "every Easter to share a greeting with you." That led another commenter to say, "No need to be united in Christ if you are united in politics I guess."