TheHumanist.com ✒ The U.S. Supreme Court, once seen as the last bastion of protection for our rights, is instead laying waste to them.
Stacked with ultra-conservatives, the high court seems especially intent on trashing seventy-plus years of jurisprudence upholding separation of church and state and ditching the right to legal abortion established in 1973’s Roe v. Wade.It’s hard to tell where the court might strike next. At the height of the COVID pandemic, the court embraced a dangerous theory of religious freedom that fails to recognize the harm of unfettered transmission through religious services. The court is being asked to recognize a broad right to religious exemptions to mandatory vaccines. The justices also seem to be inching toward allowing discrimination in private and even public settings as long as it’s based on religion. Under this court, “religious freedom” has become a license to discriminate and ignore laws you dislike.
Marriage equality, which a differently configured court upheld in 2015, could be overturned or severely undermined. The justices are also increasingly ruling that religious schools and other institutions have a right to taxpayer support, even as they engage in appalling forms of discrimination.
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