With the recent things going on in the news, I can’t even think about the direction the country is headed without feeling that the foundation of the government is on shaky grounds. And what really blows my mind is the willful ignorance that so many seem to have about it.
This week saw a lot of movement in the government, from the ban on refugees and immigration to the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. The latter of those two concerns me greatly. For those who haven’t been following along, here’s why.
Judge Gorsuch has a history of being unable to see the divisive line between church and state. He was a part of the Hobby Lobby ruling that decided that corporations are people too and are entitled to religious expression at the expense of their employees. He has also accepted Christian monuments to put on public property while denying those of other viewpoints.
I’m sure that people like my father who are extremely religious will love the idea of someone like Gorsuch gaining that seat on the Supreme Court and possibly changing the past rulings on Roe v. Wade and Marriage Equality. And should he gain that seat there’s another thing on the horizon that worries me that the president has already called for.
Trump has called for a repeal of the Johnson Act. This would mean that churches (or any non-profit organization) could publicly endorse or oppose political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status. Again, I’m sure there are people who would love to see this become the law of the land, especially the GOP as they have such strong ties with the Christian demographic. Within hours of the president calling for the repeal, Congress already began drafting the proposal. That, combined with Gorsuch possibly taking the seat on the bench, I believe would head this country for disastrous results.
You combine those two, and the line between the church and state separation has the strong possibility of blurring past the point of being detectable.