With a majority of right-wing ideologues on the Supreme Court, we are in an era that could lead to a broad and deep disregard for the law. The law is a fiction. In the United States, the law is ideally a set of rules for life developed by people we have elected to represent us. It is effective only if we accept these rules as legitimate. The law exists and individual laws are written and enforced so that we cantankerous human beings can live our public lives in harmony and our personal lives in privacy, allowing culture to evolve and our species to grow in wisdom. . It’s a nice idea.
For the law to effectively govern our public lives, it must be believed that the system works to maximize fairness, fairness, and justice for all, regardless of the belief systems they adhere to. The Supreme Court, with its black-robed theocratic majority, imposes on our pluralistic society a literal and supposedly Christian interpretation of the Constitution that is more in line with Jonathan Edwards’ 1781 sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God,” than with the founders’ belief in the creation of an unfettered nation by a religious establishment.
Edwards terrified the faithful of Northampton with his sermon in which he described his God as the one who “holds you above the pit of hell, just as one holds a spider or a loathsome insect above the fire. ..he considers you worthy of nothing else but to be cast into the fire.Deeply flawed in their racial, sexual, and social mores, the Elders have, to their credit, understood the inherent evils of religion.
The Supreme Court, with its theocratic majority, now allows the bureaucracy of various states to interfere with women’s bodily liberty. The Court’s decisions are based on primitive religious beliefs and practices, not on science and a rigorous examination of the law. As a result, women will die. This suits Supreme Court Justices Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney-Barrett. Supreme Court rulings have also allowed mass shootings, upheld capital punishment and paved the way for environmental disaster.
The god envisioned by the Supreme Court majority theocrats is the god of Christian nationalists who gossip and pray in his name, a jealous and fearful god, demanding worship and obedience, ready to inflict unimaginable horrors on those who do not do not kneel before him. authority. It is a petty and vengeful understanding of the divine, devoid of any respect for the sacred, the holy. The majority of the Supreme Court, their religious life based on primitive mythology, desecrated the sacred.
That the minds of the majority of the highest judicial body in the United States are controlled by such a perverted version of Christianity should destabilize us all. Religion, as an organized activity, has always been about control. Religious clerics, priests, pastors, rabbis, imams, pujaris, sorcerers, or whatever they want to be called, are gatekeepers. The police of faith. In 1794, William Blake, in his poem, “The Garden of Love”, described them as “priests in black robes … making their rounds and binding with brambles my joys and my desires”.
Spiritual faith can inspire us to go beyond ourselves, as did Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Desmond Tutu and the current Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, admirable religious leaders outnumber the crooks, charlatans, and peddlers who use religion to accumulate wealth and power, or to advance narrow political goals, the Grahams, Falwells, Bakkers, their imitators and successors. . They are not Christians, their faith rooted in love. They are the Christers, scoundrels who use the words of faith to justify the politics of death. These days, Christians are losing. The Christers are ascending. They are ruthless. They are amoral. They are dangerous for democracy. They ravage the land. And, thanks to their majority on the Supreme Court, they are armed.
God save us from religion.
Wilson Roberts, is a retired English teacher from Greenfield Community College and former President of Greenfield City Council. He is currently a member of the city council.