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Yes lonely; except if the Supreme Court is loaded with these religious freaks, what is happening now, then I guess "normal" thinking people will be discriminated. Like I said there should be "separation" between "church" and "State"
?If not, then you get that "deals" are made which the "church" dictates and not "common worldly sense" is used
Do we want that?
Women should themselves determine what they do with their "bodies"; not something which floats in outer space and never had any contact with this tiny nothing planet. Churches themselves determined such to meddle in peoples private lives not green monsters on Mars. Wake up America ; churches always act like parasites and created lots of wars; they are responsible for millions of deaths on this tiny planet. Especially the Catholic church, who murdered women, burning them alive and had slaves built their gold plated cathedrals as well stole all their gold from the Inca's and murdered those.
People here forget that!
The Church doesn’t dictate anything. The problem is the humans are human. Many seek belief structures that offer a variety of things including a centralized place in the cosmic drama to borrow from Parke Godwin.
I have yet to find a normal thinking person that does not have any internal beliefs/ethics/morals that did not arise from outside sources. Peer groups, media, philosophy, theology, parents, relatives, experiences all form humans and what they believe is an aggregation of this process. You once commented that justices should have no bias. That is physically impossible. Everyone has biases. The question is what biases and how do they act upon them.
I agree re: the violence provoked by religion. I would not focus on the Roman church because the Protestant Reformation was bloody on the Protestant side as well. Islam has been used to justify violence as has Hinduism and so on.
So, we can no more remove religion from people’s psyche by legislation than we can cause time to move backwards. The question rather is what path humans take in evolving and growing. Will fear dominate or will reason and peace?
Btw, I am a strict separationist. I oppose vouchers for religious schools. I oppose opening prayers for any government business. And so on. That individuals might silently pray before going in to a city council meeting is a non-issue for me. The problem arises when a government sanctioned prayer is offered. Such prayer not only violates the constitution it damages religion as well. Scripture says “when you pray, go into your closet and pray in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you.” These words allegedly said by the Christ demonstrate that showy, hollow forms are unacceptable yet the religious right does not see this or chooses to ignore it.
You cannot legislate away religion. It simply cannot be done. What can be done is demand and legislate that religion via its practitioners cannot impose their dogma as law. The ultimate question of both abortion and gay marriage is what is a right and what is not. Claims of God’s Will, God’s Law or Inshallah are simply unacceptable. What makes Barrett unacceptable as a SCOTUS justice is not her religion, in and of itself, but rather the language of originalism which is a bullshit judicial philosophy that was pushed by Bork. Conservatism and conservatives are the real problem.