We ended the Sunday DM with this question: “Can anyone say ‘conflict of interest’? It sort of, kind of, applies to any court anywhere, it seems to me, to try to avoid conflict of interest and appearances of the same. The current Supreme Court obviously doesn’t give a damn.
I listed in my Saturday DM the severe conflicts of interest that the current SC is sporting publicly and shamelessly and in our face on a regular basis.
Among them are conflicts of interest regarding at least two wives of the court; the conflict of interest with Leonardo Leo the judge-maker for six of the SC justices; the conflict of interest with two justices who have been hobnobbing with activist Republican billionaires with cases before the SC taking free gifts of yacht trips, private plane trips, a house bought for one’s mother, etc. etc. worth hundreds of thousands of dollars without reporting it.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett gave lectures on five occasions to the very hate group that actively assisted the recent court victory of Lorie Smith. The SC gave carte blanche to any businessperson to deny services to any group of people they hate. They are also free apparently to make up the person they hate from such a group.
Sound strange? It is. As President Biden put it, “this is not a normal Supreme Court.”
What to do about it? I received the following letter from a DM reader on Saturday evening. “You seem angry Rev Fox. I am too, and I believe it’s righteous anger. Now how do we get some righteous remedy to the situation?”
Some of the remedies it seems to me are as follows:
1) Vote, organize to vote, and make sure others vote for senators and presidents who do not propose creeps with mini-minds and mini-ethics for the SC.
2) Push the current Senate to move and move fast to establish legal guidelines for the SC, including spelling out a process whereby a justice must recuse themselves from a case, and a third party to determine compliance.
3) Expand the court to match the number of district courts in the country, i.e. 13, since this was the basis of the original number of court justices. The numbers on the SC have changed six times in history. Number seven is urgent and necessary.
4) Urge the press to be more diligent in reporting and examining the SC.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE
Banner Image: The Supreme Court photographed for the first time in 1867. Left to Right: Daniel Wesley Middleton (Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States), Justices David Davis, Noah Haynes Swayne, Robert Cooper Grier, James Moore Wayne, Salmon P. Chase (Chief Justice of the United States), Samuel Nelson, Nathan Clifford, Samuel Freeman Miller, Stephen Johnson Field. Photo by Alexander Gardner. Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
What remedies do you propose for the current SC crisis? What about the four proposed here?
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