As horrific arsenic the Texas termination prohibition is, and it is horrifying, the spiritual designer of the instrumentality has his sights acceptable connected criminalizing homosexuality and banning same-sex matrimony according to an amicus little helium filed with the Supreme Court.
It is not antithetic for funny parties to connection up, arsenic “a person of the court,” information, expertise, and penetration that whitethorn person a bearing connected the issues of a peculiar lawsuit nether consideration. However, the alleged “friend of the court” is not a party to a lawsuit though their intent is influencing a ruling favorable to that “friend’s” peculiar bent; successful this circumstantial lawsuit it is the “friend’s” spiritual obsession.
The erstwhile Texas solicitor general, Jonathan Mitchell, served arsenic a clerk for now-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and has been diligent successful doing enactment for the right-wing, evangelical outfits the Alliance Defending Freedom and Texas-based Right To Life.
Mitchell is the co-author of the amicus little successful question and his peculiar obsession is denying women the close power their ain bodies and reproductive health. He besides wants to power nine and quality quality by criminalizing homosexuality according to his spiritual conviction.
The lawyer is simply a profoundly spiritual Catholic and has made his ngo of the past decennary moving to legally contradict women the state to power their reproductive health; but that is not his lone obsession.
Back successful precocious June Mitchell wrote an amicus brief connected behalf of the Texas Right to Life enactment supporting Mississippi’s termination restrictions presently earlier the his friends connected the profoundly spiritual Supreme Court.
The gist of Mitchell’s entreaty to the Catholics connected the Supreme Court is fundamentally that if the conservatives volition bash close by the Vatican and prohibition termination by overturning. Roe v. Wade, it volition force women to “practice abstinence from intersexual intercourse arsenic a means of controlling their reproductive lives.”
Mitchell wrote successful his amicus brief:
“Women tin ‘control their reproductive lives’ without entree to abortion; they tin bash truthful by refraining from intersexual intercourse. When this tribunal announces the overruling of Roe, that idiosyncratic tin simply alteration their behaviour successful effect to the court’s decision if she nary longer wants to instrumentality the hazard of an unwanted pregnancy.” (author bold)
However, conscionable forcing women to either follow the beingness of a cloistered nun oregon nutrient offspring is not the lone Taliban-like brutality connected Mitchell’s mind. He claims, arsenic a “friend” of the spiritual conservatives connected the High Court, that determination are 2 different “lawless” rulings that person to beryllium struck down.
Mitchell’s amicus little questions the legitimacy of the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling: that determination decriminalized cheery enactment nationwide.
Mitchel besides wants the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which legalized same-sex matrimony reversed. Mitchell asserted to the blimpish bulk that some Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges rulings are abominable “judicial concoctions” with nary root of instrumentality that tin possibly“salvage their existence.”
To get a wide representation of wherever a spiritual fanatic is heading with his theocratic leanings and ardent enactment of the fanatical evangelical right, helium claims overturning Roe v. Wade would not needfully “threaten interracial marriage,” but it volition springiness the High Court faithful the accidental to prohibition “homosexual behaviour and same-sex marriage.”
“Reversing Roe would not endanger interracial marriage, but the quality is not arsenic bully for those who anticipation to sphere the court-invented rights to homosexual behaviour and same-sex matrimony … These ‘rights,’ similar the close to termination from Roe, are judicial concoctions, and determination is nary different root of instrumentality that tin beryllium invoked to salvage their existence. This is not to accidental that the Court should denote the overruling of Lawrence and Obergefell if it decides to overrule Roe and Casey in this case. But neither should the Court hesitate to constitute an sentiment that leaves those decisions hanging by a thread. Lawrence and Obergefell, portion acold little hazardous to quality life, are arsenic lawless as Roe.”
It is important to enactment that Mitchell’s amicus little was directed solely astatine his profoundly spiritual “friends” connected the High Court; each of whom are intimately aware of his crusade to power women and marque a 1968 Papal Encyclical the instrumentality of the onshore by judicial fiat. He, similar a number of spiritual zealots driving America towards a theocracy, wants religion arsenic the instrumentality of the onshore and the caller Catholic Institution posing arsenic the nation’s highest tribunal is surely successful agreement. Neither banning a woman’s close to take nor criminalizing homosexuality person immoderate societal worth to America and volition not lend to the communal good. But it volition found a spiritual ground for laws successful America.
Mitchell’s intent is advancing a theocratic obsession to power women that the spiritual conservatives connected the High Court person really called retired for – especially Clarence Thomas. Thomas has solicited the spiritual close Republicans for a lawsuit specifically to overturn Roe arsenic good arsenic ban contraceptives according to his Catholic faith. And Amy Coney Barrett, the self-professed “Handmaiden” has made it abundantly wide that her allegiance is to her extremist Catholic faith arsenic the premier power of her existence.
Of people the Constitution is very clear that determination tin beryllium nary laws establishing immoderate religion, but similar the preponderance of Republicans live today, the spiritual conservatives connected the Supreme Court person shown clip and again that they person small usage for the Constitution – peculiarly wherever religion is concerned.
American women and the LGBTQ assemblage should beryllium quaking successful their shoes astatine what the spiritual minorities successful America person successful store for them. What is happening successful Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is simply a portent of what the fanatics successful the evangelical close person successful store for America. As “friends of the court,” that tiny American Taliban number is connected the verge of wholly controlling women and they lust to imprison members of the LGBTQ community. With the highest tribunal successful the onshore legislating from the seat according to their profoundly held spiritual views, nary Constitution oregon Congress volition beryllium susceptible of stopping them.
Audio technologist and teacher for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocator for state of religion and particularly, state of NO religion.
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Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.