Undo Court’s misguided decision on religious right

July 11, 2014 

I am appalled by the June 30 action of the five male Supreme Court justices—each reputedly affiliated with the same religious denomination—in what is a de facto establishment of religion forbidden in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That is a misdeed because one definition of “establish” is that it turns a religious denomination into a national or state institution, contrary to our constitutional principle of separation between church and state.

The First Amendment also permits free exercise of religion, but with the forbidden establishment clause preceding the free exercise statement, obedience to a religion cannot be forced on anyone. he five justices’ action now permits individual or corporation owners to force their religious beliefs on employees by not allowing the Affordable Care law’s to cover contraception costs.

Cruelly overlooked is that some women cannot conceive a child due to serious health issues endangering their lives; also overlooked by the justices is that a rape-caused conception can now be forced on the woman.

As a United Methodist minister, I have and will continue to stand against the positions and practices of those religious denominations that think their role is to control people in general and women in particular.

Meanwhile, surely there has to be some means by which the five justices’ misdoing is erased, and the Affordable Care Act is freed to do its beneficial tasks for every citizen in our nation, unhindered by misguided religious beliefs.

Robert L. Walker

Panorama

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