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Separation of church and state has just been trampled upon by the state...



The Religious Supreme Court of America

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The Religious Supreme Court of America

Claude Morton
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[Comments] I am not a fan of the Supreme Court of the United States. I find the institution to be a farce, and detrimental to the quality of life for the majority of our citizens.

So, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Hobby Lobby corporation can force their religious views upon their employees, I wasn't surprised in the least bit.

Separation of church and state has just been trampled upon by the state, through a super-super-minority, of mostly religious people. Now isn't that ass backwards and upside down?

I was taught that we champion separation of church and state, and that we champion justice being blind to personal religious ideologies.

I guess I was taught wrong. I also thought we all had equal rights, but I guess if you are a religious zealot who owns a corporation, you now have a new right, the right to deny any female employees access to birth control through her insurance.

That makes my skin crawl, that should make the skin crawl for anyone interested in equal rights for all, or interested in living in a modern society, not dictated by religious zealots.

What is the hope of these religious zealots? Do they hope their employees will no longer use birth control, or do they hope they will all get pregnant with unplanned pregnancies? What is the hope of the Supreme Court, that allowing religious zealots to deny a basic right to women will improve the general welfare of our nation?

Could this ruling give religious zealots a reason to not pay the salaries of LGBT employees within their organizations, on the basis that it would violate their religious freedoms?

If we actually took a vote, do you think the majority of our population would vote to allow corporations the right to deny women contraceptives? A recent Reuter/Ipsos poll found 53% of people polled were against granting this power to corporations, and only 35% agreed with granting corporations this power. Remember, democracy, majority rules, I guess not in this case.

I can only imagine where the road paved by this ruling will lead us. So far, it has taken us down an abrupt detour towards inequality, and the further oppression of women by denying them the basic human right of being controlled over their own body and reproductive system; the Supreme Court is trying to lead our society into regression.


Claude Morton

Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)