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Posted: Sep 9, 2021 - 10:30am

God Has No Place in Supreme Court Opinions
One hundred fifty years ago, a woman named Myra Bradwell brought a Supreme Court case claiming a constitutional right to be admitted to the Illinois bar. She had passed the state’s bar exam with high honors, but the Illinois Supreme Court refused her application, saying that when the State Legislature gave the court the power to grant law licenses, “it was with not the slightest expectation that this privilege would be extended to women.”

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state court, with Justice Joseph Bradley writing in a concurring opinion that “the paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother.”

“This,” Justice Bradley explained, “is the law of the Creator.”

The case of Bradwell v. Illinois is regarded today as a low point in Supreme Court history, at least by those of us who reject the notion of God as the ultimate personnel administrator. But it turns out that God has a role in the country’s civic life after all: that of supreme legislator.

Republican politicians used to offer secular rationales for their anti-abortion zealotry: They claimed that abortion hurt women or that abortion procedures demeaned the medical profession. In the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, some opportunistic states imposed temporary bans on abortion, making the demonstrably false assertion that abortion patients would take up scarce hospital beds.

But now, sensing the wind at their backs and the Supreme Court on their side, Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion. In May, when Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed S.B. 8, the vigilante bill that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, he claimed that “our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion. In Texas we work to save those lives.” (There are actually fewer than one million abortions a year in the United States, but let’s not get picky with the facts.)

Two years earlier, signing a bill that criminalized nearly all abortions in Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey called the measure a “testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

And this year, a Republican state senator in Arkansas, Jason Rapert, declared in explaining his sponsorship of a bill to ban nearly all abortions that “there’s six things God hates, and one of those is people who shed innocent blood,” as if it were self-evident that he was referring to abortion rather than to the “stand your ground” bill that he co-sponsored.

I could go on with this list, but these examples are sufficient to raise the question for those of us not on board with the theocratizing of America: Who let God into the legislative chamber? (...)

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Posted: Nov 29, 2020 - 4:47pm

"The Constitution places exclusive political power in the hands of the wealthy and codifies the existing social hierarchy. That’s elites at the top, followed by white propertied men (land and slaves), then other white men, then women and children with few legal rights, and then slaves and the indigenous with no rights at all. Worth contemplating when Supreme Court Justices position themselves as “originalist” thinkers in constitutional matters. More worrying is that a good part of the country could live with this."
 
                - James Rothenberg
 
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/27/real-platitudes-from-a-fake-democracy/
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Posted: Nov 29, 2020 - 4:46pm



 haresfur wrote:


 Ohmsen wrote:


 R_P wrote:
 

Keeping previous utterances of yours, of an expressed atheist in mind... ~ How important is this situation to you, exactly? 
 
Unnecessary death is important to all sorts of people

 

That's an accord. Or..?
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Posted: Nov 29, 2020 - 4:42pm



 Ohmsen wrote:


 R_P wrote:
 

Keeping previous utterances of yours, of an expressed atheist in mind... ~ How important is this situation to you, exactly? 
 
Unnecessary death is important to all sorts of people

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Posted: Nov 29, 2020 - 4:27pm



 R_P wrote:
 

Keeping previous utterances of yours, of an expressed atheist in mind... ~ How important is this situation to you, exactly? 
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Posted: Nov 29, 2020 - 4:04pm

Dissent.
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Posted: Nov 26, 2020 - 2:18pm

Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump
The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.
On Wednesday, Justice Barrett dealt the chief justice a body blow. She cast the decisive vote in a 5-to-4 ruling that rejected restrictions on religious services in New York imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to combat the coronavirus, shoving the chief justice into dissent with the court’s three remaining liberals. It was one of six opinions the court issued on Wednesday, spanning 33 pages and opening a window on a court in turmoil.

The ruling was at odds with earlier ones in cases from California and Nevada issued before Justice Ginsburg’s death in September. Those decisions upheld restrictions on church services by 5-to-4 votes, with Chief Justice Roberts in the majority. The New York decision said that Mr. Cuomo’s strict virus limits — capping attendance at religious services at 10 people in “red zones” where risk was highest, and at 25 in slightly less dangerous “orange zones” — violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.

Wednesday’s ruling was almost certainly a taste of things to come. While Justice Ginsburg was alive, Chief Justice Roberts voted with the court’s four-member liberal wing in cases striking down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law, blocking a Trump administration initiative that would have rolled back protections for young immigrants known as Dreamers, refusing to allow a question on citizenship to be added to the census and saving the Affordable Care Act.

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Posted: Jul 2, 2020 - 8:02am

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material
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Posted: Jun 30, 2020 - 3:39pm



 sunybuny wrote:
Strange times indeed - 3 for 3 on 'liberal' issues having 'conservative' crossover for decisions.
 

Trump's hubris for acting like the Judiciary and Congress are there to 'serve' him has brought out the territorial power egos from both branches. Roberts is letting him know he doesn't 'own' them. McConnell is chafing under Trump's self inflicted political damage and increasingly endangering the lives on Capitol Hill with reckless rallies. The last 48 hours have seen both McConnell (who has stayed quiet on the issue) and Pence suddenly advocating the wearing of masks. 
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Posted: Jun 30, 2020 - 6:46am

 sunybuny wrote:
Strange times indeed - 3 for 3 on 'liberal' issues having 'conservative' crossover for decisions.
 
Big day, today.  be interesting.
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Posted: Jun 30, 2020 - 6:38am

Strange times indeed - 3 for 3 on 'liberal' issues having 'conservative' crossover for decisions.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2020 - 12:30pm



 steeler wrote:

This 5-4 decision falls even further into the thin-reed category given the circumstances. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a very similar Texas law by a 5-4 vote. Roberts was in the minority in that case. His reasoning for switching in this case is solely based on adherence to stare decisis (precedent). He apparently still  believes the 2016 case was wrongly decided.
 
So in thinking about all the recent Roberts decisions, I can't help but wonder (especially after today's ruling)....

A) He knows Trump should have been booted in January/February, and

B) He is going to do his best to leave things as they are until we have another election

He definitely seems to be focusing on the long game, and he can't really like what's going on in DC.  Sure, he's supposed to be apolitical....but his life is about the determination of right and wrong.

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Posted: Jun 29, 2020 - 10:37am



 cc_rider wrote:


 buddy wrote:
 
Yeah, but his Court has already done so much damage, the recent rulings barely make a dent.
c.

 

This 5-4 decision falls even further into the thin-reed category given the circumstances. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a very similar Texas law by a 5-4 vote. Roberts was in the minority in that case. His reasoning for switching in this case is solely based on adherence to stare decisis (precedent). He apparently still  believes the 2016 case was wrongly decided.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2020 - 10:26am



 buddy wrote:
 
Yeah, but his Court has already done so much damage, the recent rulings barely make a dent.
c.

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Posted: Jun 18, 2020 - 12:41pm




 
This may be Trump's Altamont moment

 
You may be right But I hope it is his downfall and not to the expense of others.  

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Posted: Jun 18, 2020 - 10:40am



 rgio wrote:


 buddy wrote:
 
Don't discount that his 2nd Amendment reference is a dog-whistle to his armed militia of supporters.  I would not be surprised if a bunch of those proud boys show up in Tulsa to "protect the rally" or some such nonsense.

 

Show up?  They're already camped out with flags, and tents, and chairs.... just no masks
 
This may be Trump's Altamont moment

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Posted: Jun 18, 2020 - 10:31am



 buddy wrote:
 
Don't discount that his 2nd Amendment reference is a dog-whistle to his armed militia of supporters.  I would not be surprised if a bunch of those proud boys show up in Tulsa to "protect the rally" or some such nonsense.

 

Show up?  They're already camped out with flags, and tents, and chairs.... just no masks
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Posted: Jun 18, 2020 - 9:27am



 steeler wrote:
Trump tweet, below, from a little bit ago. Who is trying to politicize the Supreme Court? I think we know the answer to that.


”These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
 
Hmm, a Dick Cheney-inspired gun metaphor. There's a Conservative-majority court and he still desperately clings to the fear-mongering tactic that the 2nd Amendment will be revoked.

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Posted: Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34am

Trump tweet, below, from a little bit ago. Who is trying to politicize the Supreme Court? I think we know the answer to that.


”These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
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Posted: Jun 15, 2020 - 7:58am

A banner day!
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