19th March 2014

“Happily for us, the days are past when the business of the judges was the enforcement of morals or religious belief.”

James Munby

2 Responses to “19th March 2014”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Sir James is quite correct for his justice system (barring the acceptance of Sharia as equivalent to British justice), it is an unfortunate part of the US political climate that fundamentalist Christians are increasingly attempting to legislate their morality into US law at the state and federal levels, and succeeding at the state level all too often.

    As witness, see the medical “trap” laws that have been passed in many “red” states, making it impossible to obtain a pregnancy termination across a wide swath of the middle of the US. A right that has been found to be fundamental to the Constitution, but against their “moral” code.

  2. Defiantnonbliever Says:

    If only. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Jeff. The whole war on drugs for starters is based on the religious temperance movement that brought us alcohol prohibition. Neither the laws from alcohol prohibition or the war on drugs have yet been eradicated, resulting in the highest per capita prison population in the world in the US. To those one could add $82 billion/year in subsidies to religion and numerous ‘morals’ statutes, restrictions, and extra fees. Hundreds of laws are still unforced and judged today that are clear violations of the so called separation of church and state in the US.