We like to think we’re the most advanced civilization in the world, but we allow the appointment of “justices” who still believe women are inferior to men. Millions of women who’d been born into the modern world yesterday found themselves thrust back into medievalist thinking that now seems to reign in the Supreme Court. Even Donald Trump, who is responsible, has expressed his doubts. When will we acknowledge that women should have the same rights as men? How long do we have to continue this inane struggle against religious amateurs who believe their reading of Scripture is the only correct one? I was raised by a woman on her own. Uneducated, with no practical job skills, she remained religious and very capably reared three sons. She was far more capable than my father.
Democracy can be gamed, of course. And the “angry white man” has become America’s new face to the world. The petulant, selfish male who thinks everyone else is getting the benefits. Even as Catholic-majority nations are declaring women’s rights, America is stepping backward in the Human Rights Index because certain senators refused to allow voting on legitimate candidates for the supreme court. How they can go home and face their wives I do not know. Of course, our laws do not apply to our lawmakers. As revelations continually show, theirs is a world of “do as I say, not as I do.” Is it so difficult to say it out loud? Women are fully human and have an inherent claim to the same rights as men. But then again, when have those blinded by religion ever seen clearly?
America, do you enjoy seeing your rights stripped away? Do you enjoy justices who one day decide it’s our right to carry weapons in public and then next to say that women must remain home barefoot and pregnant? Is this the mentality that now rules the gamed “supreme” court? I’d like to exegete that word supreme and ask our “justices” just how deeply they’ve studied religion. And that doesn’t mean just praying over your Bible. The most difficult courses in the religion-philosophy curriculum are those dealing with ethics. Days spent wrestling with the subtleties of how reason, law, and religion interact and teasing them apart to look at each with real understanding. Or do we just vote along party lines like any beast in the herd? It’s a shock to have been born in the sixties only to now find yourself living in the fifties with all their inherent hypocrisy. I stand with women, not amateur theology masquerading as justice.