Justice, Injustice, More Moral Stench from the Supreme Court

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. 

“Supreme Court – TIpping the Scales of Justice.” Image by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.

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.

Scandals expose broader project of Leonard Leo to manipulate the Supreme Court. MSNBC

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!

When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty. Photo by risingthermals on Flickr.

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.

* https://www.splcenter.org/news/2020/04/10/why-alliance-defending-freedom-hate-group

** https://adflegal.org/article/us-supreme-court-protects-free-speech-landmark-ruling

*** 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.

Banner image: Supreme Court OUTCRY. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.

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Are you surprised by the news about judge Amy Coney Barrett and ADF and Lorie Smith?  Why or why not?

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6 thoughts on “Justice, Injustice, More Moral Stench from the Supreme Court”

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    What caught my attention in today’s DM was the sign in one of the included photos, which reads as, “When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”

    Jesus and his disciples were labelled as rebels, because they resisted in nonviolent ways, the injustices caused by state and religion that were oppressing and suppressing the poor, the marginalized within society, women and the sacred feminine and the results of this immense suffering inflicted.

    These so called rebels resisted through speaking truth, confronting these injustices, to not only those in positions of power and authority, but more importantly they spoke truth to those being oppressed and suppressed; empowering them to awaken to their true identity, destiny, meaning and purpose as a Beloved creation of God. These rebels rooted themselves in the love, compassion and mercy of God; and the justice of being and living in the wisdom, the values and virtues of this Kinship with, founded on right relationship with… with not only each other but also the all and the everything of creation.

    We are not rebels without a cause, for this cause remains, continously unfolding, evolving and emerging for those rebels whom imaginatively and creatively converge with the injustices inflicted by those same governing bodies encountered in the past; with the steadfast hope of transformational change; that being a change of heart, mind, soul and consciousness within the family of humanity.

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    I will only be surprised if more is not revealed in the future.
    The court takeover was the plan of the billionaire corporate class for a long
    time. They have achieved it using the solid voting block of religious extremism.
    In any situation where religion is widely corrupted it seems honest government
    is vulnerable. The role of America’s Catholic Church Opus Dei fascism marks
    a dark turn in history. This is not the spirituality of love the Church claims to profess.

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    No, not surprised! It’s just one more example of unjust/biased conservative “justices”(#6) on the not so “Supreme Court” based on their recent un-democratic/unpopular social decisions negatively affecting millions of American lives. I support you Matthew and the DM team for continuing to speak Truth and Justice to powers along with truth seeking journalists.
    We have to continue being alert personally and as a society to the many unhealthy ways we have been conditioned (especially millions of Trump Americans and ‘legislators’) to toxic, destructive, racist, ignorant, greedy, cult-like, unholy patriarchal beliefs/values/actions endemic in our American psyche and institutions. These toxic patriarchal beliefs/values/actions also exist in most of our world modern societies greatly contributing to social inequities/injustices/war/destruction/suffering historically and ongoing in the world against humanity and our beautiful Sacred Mother Earth. The earth will continue to survive, but hopefully God willing most of humanity will survive this spiritual purification, healing, transformation that we’re all going through….

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    I’m not at all surprised at the ongoing slime-trail of oozing corruption in this Un-Supreme Court. They’ve been slathering for every chance to dismantle democracy for years, and now that ProPublica has pulled up the carpet in their royal chambers, what’s been uncovered is the rotting, collapsing moral floorboards in the Court’s house, This court is now enjoying an orgasm of authoritarian ascension and triumphantly racing to see how many democracy-preserving laws they can shred, all while enjoying the “coincidental” lavish gifts from their buddy billionaires, who “just happen to be” tied up in Leonard Leo’s spider web. And these (un)justices just “happened to” not bother reporting, for decades, all these teensy little hundred-thousand dollar gifts (oh, wait, no: “joint TRAVEL expenses to the….grocery store…in Europe…and Alaska…) from their mutual-friends-of-Leo’s, their bestest buddies.

    What amazes me is the blatant GLOATING of these gilded-tower justices as they tear through so many of the long-standing laws. They get away with wrapping their naked law-contortions in the thinnest tissue paper veneer of legalese rubbish and re-make laws to fit their preferences, all while insulated from legal correction and challenge. They are kings of the law, ruling by decree. And Leonard Leo is their kingmaker.

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    I am not at all surprised as depravity knows no limits, and we know that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The saddest part to me is how those in power twist the truth and have such a gift for lying and convincing people that they are working for the common good. It is truly an alternate universe with many, many people taken in. I have to keep stressing to myself that we need to be intelligent and proactive instead of just being reactive. As Jeanette says, we must be rebels with a cause and proceed as peacefully as possible and with the solidarity of faith. As someone was quoted as saying, in the old words of the KJV, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of the wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) I have always loved this phrase because I see serpents as sneaky and subversive, so it seems to me we must find ways to be that way as well.

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