A Conservative Supreme Court Hands Down a Massive Defeat to the Religious Right

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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States expanded the interpretation of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.  Millions of LGBT people will no longer live in fear of being fired by their employer for their sexual orientation or gender identity.  What a wonderful day for liberty and equality!

Of course, religious conservatives such as evangelical Franklin Graham are outraged!  “How could Trump-appointed Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch (and Republican appointed Chief Justice Roberts) betray them by joining with the four liberal justices to elevate sinful homosexual orientation to the same status as race and gender (sex)?”

Cue the wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Religious conservatives were certain that with two Trump appointments to the Court, their conservative, bigoted, social agenda was safe from further erosion from liberal judges and courts.  They miscalculated!

I was always curious about Neil Gorsuch for one reason:  He is an Episcopalian.  Why would a conservative judge remain a member of such a notoriously liberal denomination?  I think Trump and his Religious Right supporters made a big mistake in selecting Gorsuch if their goal was to put a staunch anti-gay, anti-abortion Supreme Court justice on the Court.  Any conservative willing to remain a member of such a very liberal denomination has some liberal sympathies lurking somewhere in his “soul”.

How wonderful!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “A Conservative Supreme Court Hands Down a Massive Defeat to the Religious Right

  1. I was really happy with the ruling too, although I’m more libertarian and not purely progressive politically. I do think there is some political diversity in the TEC. Do you know that Tucker Carlson is Episcopalian? Hard to believe, I know. My own denomination is pretty evenly split politically among lay people, but the leadership in most of the mainline denominations tends to veer more left.

    At any rate, I don’t think it’s wise to choose a church purely based in political beliefs. There are good people on most sides of the political spectrum.

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  2. While I think this ruling was a good one, and there are lots of conservative fundies screaming, I’m not going to place too much hope in Gorsuch. I don’t expect him to rule favorably on issues that were related to investigating Trump, or a number of other serious political issues. I’m also going to wager that as soon as “religious freedom” comes into question these civil rights will have to sit at the back of the bus.

    I’d would have also preferred that politicians dealt with this by amending The Civil Rights Act, but I think we both know that as long as Republicans control the Senate there’s no chance of anything like that happening.

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