Disaster for the Supreme Court

The presumed nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the most dangerous step in a long chain of actions by President Trump.  In particular, it would be an absolute disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.

In a recent TV interview on ABC News, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/supreme-court-favorite-judge-amy-coney-barrett-faces/story?id=73206743  the Director of Strategic Response for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Andrew L. Seidel reported

“There are serious and deep concerns about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation with People of Praise and her past comments about the conflict between faith and law. Not only is her connection to this community and her previous writings fair to ask about, but senators have a duty to the Constitution to ask those questions.”

Seidel went on to says “any statement of loyalty to the organization — and possible covenant with its members — could threaten to supersede her oath to uphold the Constitution. How does the covenant interact with the oath that all justices take to uphold the constitution as the supreme law of the land? We need to know that.”

It has also been reported (https://www.vox.com/21456044/amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court-roe-abortion)  that Barrett has made a number of public statements on Roe v. Wade and abortion over the years. As a Catholic and member of the religious group People of Praise, she has said that she personally believes life begins at conception, and that Roe “ignited a national controversy” by deciding the issue of abortion by court order rather than leaving it to the states.

The Nation (https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/amy-coney-barrett-extremist/) cited numerous other cases  that put her at the far right end of the spectrum when it comes to judicial decisions. For example, she stepped up to review cases that were not on her desk, most notably with regard to legal issues regarding fetal remains and, as well as the requirements of parental consent on abortion. In both cases her rulings were overturned by the Supreme Court.   

If Barrett ruled like a devout Catholic all the time, that would be one thing. But she doesn’t. She rules like an extremist conservative all the time, and just uses religion to justify those extremist positions when it is convenient for her to do so. She ignores the moral and ethical underpinnings of her faith when they conflict with the cruel requirements of conservative dogma.”

Putting it another way, it appears that for Judge Barrett her personal religion comes first and the laws of her country come last. We do not live in a theocracy and our ability to worship or not worship, as one wishes, is a unique American right. It is particularly egregious to think that the most thoughtful, fair-minded, Justice that the court had with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would be replaced by the least qualified candidate for the court that we have seen in our lifetime, if not longer.

About SamStone

A Steel City Skeptic who thinks science and reason is the light that we should follow to find our way in this world.
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