Catholic University theology professor C.C. Pecknold tweeted “Ding Dong the Witch is dead” after RBG’s death

Chad C. Pecknold is a theology professor at The Catholic University of America and writer for First Things magazine. Back in 2017, we covered Pecknold’s Twitter “class” on St. Augustine.

It also appears that Pecknold was not a fan of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Tower, an independent student newspaper at the university, is reporting on one of his recent tweets under the title “Theology Professor Tweets ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ After RBG’s Passing; Students, Faculty, and Alumni Concerned.”

Here is a taste of Shannon Rose Miekka’s piece

Moments after news broke of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18, 2020, Catholic University theology professor Dr. Chad C. Pecknold tweeted a meme captioned “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!” 

Pecknold promptly deleted the tweet, but not before it was screenshotted and circulated by students, alumni, faculty, and those unaffiliated with the university.

Author of Christianity & Politics, Pecknold has been a professor at Catholic University since 2008 and currently teaches four courses this semester. His Twitter has more than 29,000 followers and almost 60,000 tweets.

Four minutes after the original post, Pecknold replied to Twitter user @shannon_last, “[The tweet] was unrelated to Justice Ginsberg [sic]. Nice trolling of a political enemy though. Such great Christian charity you demonstrate.”

After Pecknold explained in a since deleted tweet that “it was an inside joke with a friend… it was up for like 5 minutes,” some followers were relieved while others were doubtful.

Pecknold has not yet publicly clarified the context of the meme and has blocked some users who asked for an explanation, such as Twitter user @RichRaho.

Pecknold replied, “I need to block you for promoting a tweet that was not about Ginsburg’s death, which was quickly deleted, and intentionally misrepresents me.”

The tweet has left Catholic University students, alumni, and faculty confused and disappointed.

Pecknold was pretty excited back in January 2019 when Ginsburg had to miss a day on the Supreme Court bench while she was recovering from lung cancer surgery: Here is a tweet from Fordham University writer David Gibson: