SCOTUS & the Unleashing of Patriarchy, Christofascism & Misogyny

What a contrast there was on that fateful SCOTUS Thursday last week between the women and the male judges!  The former talked about speeding up the process and about the price to be paid by allowing presidents vast immunity loopholes.

Chris Hayes and New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie discuss the Trump immunity arguments: “The conservative justices seemed to be almost openly colluding with Donald Trump…ignoring all constitutional, textual, and historical evidence that points in the other direction.” MSNBC

The male judges, drowning in Patriarchy and exuding disdain, arrogance and privilege, wrapped themselves in airy fairy rationalisms and self-aggrandizing visions about the future.  They purposefully ignored the elephant in the room–the case at hand–which is that voters have a right to know the facts behind January 6 before they vote.

Saith Gorsuch, “I’m not concerned about this case, so much as future ones.” 

Saith Kavanaugh, “I’m not focused on the here and now this case.  I’m very concerned about the future.”

Saith Alito: “I’m going to talk about this in the abstract because what we decide is going to apply to all future presidents.” 

Talk about living in one’s heads!  Choosing abstractness and future hypotheses over reality.  Fleeing the heart and lower chakras where one’s capacity for caring, empathy, compassion, moral outrage–and justice–reside!

Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the conservative Supreme Court justices’ arguments on ex-presidents’ immunity from criminal prosecution.

Aquinas: “The proper objects of the heart are truth and justice.”

Patriarchy, thy name is Arrogance!  Or Disdain; or Scorn on those in less than high places. American voters for instance.

Fascism was also in the room and for many reasons.  Opus Dei operative and now billionaire Leonardo Leo got the six current right wing and far right-wing justices on the court (and hooked many up with extremist billionaires with cases before the court).  Opus Dei is a secret religious organization founded by Spanish fascist priest Escriva.

Fascism seeks to destroy judicial systems in order to accomplish its goals.  Historian Timothy Snyder applied that truth to last Thursday’s SCOTUS moment in Monday night’s “Last Word with Laurence O’Donnell” program.

“Fascism worship.” Photo by Johnny Silvercloud on Flickr.

Christofascism is at our doorstep—and closer than that.  It is ensconced in the very unSupreme Court fashioned by Leo.  Patriarchy and Fascism are all about control, the more the better.

Citing Rosemary Ruether, I often talk about patriarchy being built on dualism—the dualism of spirit vs. matter, for example.  Another instance of its dualism is us vs. them–with disdain for the “them.”  

And of course, men vs. women.  Men feeling anointed to kill Roe v. Wade and thereby control women’s bodies. Misogyny is peak dualism.  And disdain.  And arrogance.

See “Opus Dei,” in Fox, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved, pp. 106-124.

See “Arrogance” in Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 185, 198f., 202-206, 218, 225, 232, 259-261, 307.

See Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, pp. 101-108.

Banner Image: “SCOTUS Is Illegitimate” Banner of a “second-class citizen” at a demonstration before the Supreme Court about the FDA’s expansion of the access to mifepristone. Photo by Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr.

Queries for Contemplation

Did you notice a distinct difference between women’s and men’s contributions on last Thursday’s arguments at the Supreme Court?  How have you learned to resist Patriarchy and living in one’s head to escape reality and truth and justice?  And to live from your heart?

Recommended Reading

The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved

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The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times

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4 thoughts on “SCOTUS & the Unleashing of Patriarchy, Christofascism & Misogyny”

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    Yes Matthew, the men of the un-Supreme Court living out of their heads, and not the wholistic realistic Feminine/Spiritual Values of the heart/Soul, is another example of a powerful social institution representing the historically unbalanced and destructive Patriarchal values of egocentricity, materialism, power, racism, misogyny, and ecocide which continues to cause so much human suffering, war, poverty, and so many social injustices/oppression on our humanity and on our Sacred Mother Earth, Her living creatures, and Her graceful essential abundance which makes All Life possible. If we are to continue surviving as a human species along with our sacred planet, we need to urgently continue evolving with the help of the Divine Feminine in our hearts/Souls, our daily sacred lives with one another, and with-in All ongoing co-Creation, including our spiritual awareness/consciousness of our intimate relationships with the spiritual realms and Beings in the Cosmos in Loving Diverse Oneness….
    — D. Maureira

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