More secrets are being revealed about the most corrupt and compromised Supreme Court in history, hell-bent on undoing legal precedent such as voting right laws obstructing minorities in certain states; regarding rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies; rights of students to have some relief from school debt and a leg up to enter college; rights of sexual minorities to marry whom they love.
And the rights of all to clean water and clean air (vs. corporations oblivious about climate change and fossil fuels).
We know about Justices Thomas and Alito and their unreported $100,000+ rendezvous on billionaire yachts and private planes even though these same billionaires are active political operatives with cases before the SC.
We know the wife of Clarence Thomas was active in promoting the January 6 insurrection. We know the wife of chief Justice Roberts pocketed over $10 million over 8 years by steering lawyers into elite law firms with cases before the Supreme Court.
We know how the serious accusations of rape against Justice Kavanaugh were never thoroughly investigated even though many witnesses came forth. We know how Leonard Leo brought forth all these judges for confirmation, introduced Alito and Thomas to their billionaire sugar daddies, and belongs to a fascist religious sect called Opus Dei.
We also know how Judge Alito, who dashed off for a victory lap to Italy to appear before an adoring right-wing crowd after murdering Roe v Wade, actually cites in his infamous decision not one but two witch-burning legal “experts” from England in the 17th century!
We know Judge Gorsuch is on the court only because Senator McConnell denied President Obama his right to appoint a judge on the grounds that no president should do that a year before finishing office. AND how Judge Amy Coney Barrett was rammed through in record time by McConnell and the most corrupt president in history while the 2020 election was in progress!
Speaking of Amy Coney Barrett, here is some breaking news about her. In her 2017 confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken pressed her on her work for the anti-gay/trans hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).* She spoke to them for a fee on five occasions. This same group helped file Lorie Smith’s lawsuit and published a video supporting her in her recent (successful) appearance before the Supreme Court where she made up a story about a man demanding she support his gay wedding.**
How’s that for justice? ***
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
*** I am grateful to Phila Hoopes for the information about Amy Coney Barrett and ADF and Lorie Smith.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Are you surprised by the news about judge Amy Coney Barrett and ADF and Lorie Smith? Why or why not?
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics