PRAY: Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized

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PRAY: Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized

By Movieguide® Staff

After suffering “flu-like symptoms,” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was hospitalized on Friday, March 18, a spokesperson for the court said. 

CBS News confirmed that the infection was not COVID-19 and that Thomas’ “symptoms are abating” as the doctors at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., treat him with “antibiotics.”

“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” the statement read.

The Justice is part of the 6-3 conservative majority. According to NBC, “the health and well-being of members of the Supreme Court are always closely watched, particularly for justices whose judicial philosophies differ from that of the party that controls the White House.”

Please join Movieguide® in praying for Thomas’ recovery.  

Thomas has stood as a stalwart example of conservative values since joining the Supreme Court in Oct. 1991.

Thomas’ work as a Justice is highlighted in the Movieguide® Award-nominated documentary, CREATED EQUAL: CLARENCE THOMAS IN HIS OWN WORDS.

A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads

CREATED EQUAL: CLARENCE THOMAS IN HIS OWN WORDS is a fascinating documentary wherein Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discusses his life, his triumphs, and his challenges. Clarence grows up in an extremely poor rural home in Georgia. The house burns to the ground, so he lives in a shantytown in Savannah. By the Grace of God working through his grandparents, Clarence overcomes racism, finds God, and excels at education to eventually get a law degree from Yale University. After working for President Reagan, he gets appointed to the Supreme Court. However, during his Senate confirmation hearings, he encounters more hatred and cruelty than he ever did from the racist groups in the Old South. Clarence’s reflections on his past are shown in scenes from newsreels, pictures and on-location filming.

CREATED EQUAL is a must-see movie. The structure is filled with jeopardy, even though it’s a documentary. Finally, the music is superb. There is a caution for Anita Hill’s obscene Senate testimony, which Clarence has to repeat when he refutes it. However, older teenagers, Millennials and others should watch CREATED EQUAL.

Movieguide® previously reported on Amazon’s ban of the documentary due to its conservative values: 

Amazon Prime Video has taken great care to celebrate Black History Month through their “Amplify Black Voices” page. However, the streaming platform removed the ability for subscribers to watch a documentary about conservative Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday, February 25.

The documentary, CREATED EQUAL: CLARENCE THOMAS IN HIS OWN WORDS, highlighted the life of the only black justice currently serving on the Supreme Court. 

Although the title remains on the streaming platform, it is unavailable to watch and notifies users: “This video is currently unavailable to watch in your location.” 

However, both The Federalist and Breitbart have reported that the notice is nationwide. 

Amazon continues to promote other movies under the category of Black History Month, including several movies on Martin Luther King Jr., Anita Hill, and Stacey Abram’s documentary, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY.  

CREATED EQUAL also highlights Thomas’ refutation of Anita Hill’s accusation of sexual misconduct and attempt to derail his confirmation.