When Religion Rules

 

America’s founding fathers realized how much damage well intended religions can do, so they took the trouble to separate church from state in their new democracy.

No offense intended, folks, but religious organizations have probably done as much harm as good in this complicated world of ours.

There’s much to applaud, for example, in the Roman Catholic church’s mission to feed the poor, heal the sick and enlighten the ignorant. In Jamaica – and around the world – Catholic hospitals, food pantries and schools have done an indispensable job.

And I’m among the new Pope’s biggest fans.

But I’m sure you know the Catholic church has had its share of scandals. And the horrors of the Inquisition would make anyone’s blood run cold.

Also, when it comes to questions of doctrine (such as birth control and abortion), Mother Church can be frighteningly unbending

Why am I, a puny blogger, daring to sit in judgment on the Holy Catholic church?

Because I see religion’s tentacles stealthily encircling America’s government, and I feel obliged to sound the alarm. This country is in danger of becoming a theocracy. Is that what you want?

When six of the nine Supreme Court justices are Roman Catholic, for example, you have to consider the possibility of religious bias. And with Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the court is set to get another devout Catholic to replace him.

I can hear you protesting that the learned justices set aside their religious beliefs and base their judgments exclusively on the US Constitution. But you know in your heart that’s wishful thinking. They’re human after all.

The latest appointment to the court, for example, is obviously influenced by his Jesuit upbringing.

I’m talking about Brett Kavanaugh., that mild mannered family man, who sounded so fair and reasonable on TV last night.

How different that nice man was from the one who tried to force a young girl to carry her baby to term.

As a judge on the Washington DC appeals court, Kavanaugh, argued vehemently against allowing an undocumented immigrant to get a legal abortion while in government custody.

Fortunately for the girl, the other members of the court overruled Kavanaugh.

You might argue that abortion is a sin, that it is an intolerable act of violence against an unborn child. But I would remind you that in many cases, the alternative is worse. In rape or incest, for example, or when a mother’s life is at stake.

In any case, surely, you don’t want to be bound by some other person’s  religious belief?  Surely that’s between you and your concept of God?

And I would add that by abolishing legal abortion, as Kavanaugh would undoubtedly want to do, the court would not stop abortions,it would merely criminalize them.

I can remember all too vividly the often bloody backroom abortions of the old days. Is that what you want to bring back?

Kavanaugh is also a lifelong conservative activist. And he has argued that the US president should be above the law governing you and me.

Why? Because the president has such an important job. Really.

There’s a lot in Kavanaugh’s background to cause concern. And, to me, his religious bias poses the greatest threat to our  democratic freedoms.

The real Brett Kavanaugh

His stand on abortion

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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