The very unsupreme court finds itself in a feeble state morally and politically following the release of its plans to overturn Roe vs Wade.
Remember that its newest member was rushed into her position while an election was going on and following her appointment gave a speech to let us all know that “we are not political hacks.” The speech was delivered at the senate majority leader’s auditorium with the senate majority leader in attendance. This is the same senate majority leader who declared four years previously that President Obama could not name a supreme court judge at any time during his last year in office. It seems what is good for the goose is not good for the gander after all.
What diminished credibility the Supreme Court retained after antics like that and after refusing to enforce the voting rights act and to interfere with the Texas law and its bounty hunting after women and their counselors (when abortion is still the law of the land to allow it), and after allowing dark money from big, secret organizations to flood elections) is now kaput.
The five political hacks on the current Supreme Court, driven by a sick marriage of religious ideologies and political hucksterism, feel themselves anointed to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Especially poor women. Especially black and brown women. Let us not forget that two of these four justices are accused by women of sexual indiscretions and violence. Accusations that were never duly investigated.
According to the NPR, a Marist/PBS/Maris poll in 2019 Found ¾ of respondents said abortion should remain legal in some form. Just 13% said Roe should be overturned. Gallup also found that only about one in five believe it should be illegal in all circumstances. As NPR put is, “a Supreme Court opinion outright overturning Roe would be woefully out of step with the American public.”
Woefully out of step.
AND a bearer of woe.
Who has anointed old white man Mr. Alito to dictate to women what they should do with their bodies? Or Mr. Clarence Thomas (and his insurrectionist-loving wife)? Or Mr. (“I love beer!”) Kavanaugh? Or Mr. Gorsuch? Or Ms. Amy (“we are not political hacks”) Barrett? Are they also considering laws to tell men what they can and cannot do with their bodies?
Are these people SO stupid or SO driven by religious ideologies or SO indebted to politicians who appointed them (three of them having been appointed by the saintly father and three-time-husband, himself accused of groping 22 women and having declared on tape that he encourages groping women’s private areas) that they don’t recognize they are in a deep minority—only 13% of Americans agree with them? And, by the way, 2/3 of Roman Catholics are in favor of abortion also.
Even 12 year-olds raped by their father or brother or another relative must bring the baby to birth according to these all-knowing and all-seeing supreme court geniuses eager to tell women what to do and not do with their bodies.
Forty-nine years of court precedence is thrown out the window because they know something 87% of other Americans do not know. How wise they must be to be so much smarter than everyone else! This means nothing previous supreme courts have declared is safe from their hacking.
Matthew Fox, “Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context,” in Conscience Magazine: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion,” vol. xvi, No. 2, 2020, pp. 24-29.
See Matthew Fox writing on abortion previously in dailymeditationswithmatthewfox, Sept 4, 5, 6, 2021; and Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021.
See: Domenico Montanaro, “The political consequences of the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion on abortion,” on NPR, 5/3/2022.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Huge crowd at the Supreme Court the night after the release of Alito’s draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you agree that a dangerous precedent ensues when a Supreme court is woefully out of step with the public it is meant to serve and when the result of its declarations bring tremendous woe upon many citizens of the country? What to do about it?
“Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context”
by Matthew Fox
A recent statement by a Roman Catholic bishop that abortion and Roe v. Wade were the ultimate concern in this year’s presidential elect ion is beyond foolish—it is a fetishizing of the issue to the exclusion of all other moral concerns.
By viewing abortion in its historical and theological contexts, it is my hope that an obstruction in discourse that, for many, has become both a political obsession and red herring, can be removed to allow for a broader space where discussion on a variety of pressing issues can occur. Placing abortion in its proper context can bring into focus a true representation of the overall landscape of concerns held by the faithful. In contextualizing, and thus removing, this obstacle to discourse, I believe that a common ground can be cleared, upon which more expansive discussions pertaining to justice and the shared good of the faithful can be held by all parties………Read more HERE.