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Editorial: Supreme Court Rulings Blur Line Between Church and State | Local

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have blurred the line between the separation of church and state, and more specifically between Christianity and state.

One of those decisions overturns Roe v. Wade, and the other involves a high school coach leading post-game public prayers.

These and other recent decisions will erode trust in the nation’s highest court, cause division and have lasting and unintended consequences. Overall, the result is drastic societal change that will not benefit people.

Abortion had been a vested right for Americans since 1973, but that is no longer the case, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the recent High Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, highlights the challenges faced by women.

Women were finally beginning to move closer to equal rights across the United States, although there was certainly more to be done. The Roe v. Wade pulls the rug out from under them.

Leaving abortion to the states to decide because the procedure was not deeply rooted in the Constitution is particularly troubling. “We the people” meant something very different to our founding fathers when they wrote the document 200 years ago.

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In this light, the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion also seems to be part of a traditional Christian patriarchal worldview. Other religions have no problem with the procedure. Women are more favorable to abortion than men.

Our editorial board is not in favor of abortion per se, but we believe that it must remain a guaranteed right for reasons of health, bodily autonomy and privacy. It’s a rather nuanced view, and most Americans have complex opinions on the subject, according to the Pew Research Center.

More than 60% of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the data shows. But a closer look reveals that those who favor and oppose the procedure generally do so to varying degrees. Few people support abortion or oppose it at any time, says the Pew Research Center in a detailed review.

Unfortunately, politicians often have the nuance of a hammer. Some states do not allow abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or when the fetus poses a health hazard. And for these reasons, major medical organizations expressed outrage at the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Tourism” will bring women to Oregon and elsewhere on the West Coast for abortions and pregnancy complications. The Ontario town, near the Idaho border, could become a fascinating flashpoint in this national debate.

The curious case of a Washington high school football coach indulging in post-game prayer also sets a shaky precedent.

In our view, establishing religious practice by a government employee on government property and time, and more specifically, as an educator acting in loco parentis – he is in a position of authority and role model.

Part of the reason we have these lines is that children are considered vulnerable to advice from these numbers. The school district involved said the student-athletes felt compelled to comply and participate.

And is it a surprise? High school trainers demand obedience 99% of the time. There is a place on the team for freelancers who are not extremely talented. It’s called the bench.

Many Christians applauded this performative religious act. Would they feel the same way about a Jewish, Muslim or Buddhist coach loudly leading “private” prayers on the 50-yard line or in the cafeteria during the break? What about a Pastafarian who ironically “worships” the Flying Spaghetti Monster? And a Satanist?

These people are protected in the same way as Christians and the majority of the court has opened a veritable Pandora’s box.

These Supreme Court rulings – and others over the past week, including on guns, factory emissions, and more. – show the importance of elections. Elections have consequences.

Former President Donald Trump, who looks more repulsive with each additional hearing on January 6, installed three conservative Supreme Court justices and it swung the group’s power. Unfortunately – rightly or wrongly – the Supreme Court is now viewed by many locals not as an impartial body, but as a political entity making militant rulings that erase precedent.

Judge Clarence Thomas suggested that gay sex, same-sex marriage and contraception could be the next targets.

The concepts that Americans considered concrete and absolute no longer existed. And after?