As new federal regulations reportedly are imminent that would gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraceptives, two Trump administration attorneys who fought for employers to be able to cite religious beliefs as justification to deny women access to vital health care have been in the news recently.
By The Rev. David W. Key Sr.
A case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could dramatically affect the religious freedom of all Americans.
As a Baptist pastor and professor, I have long believed in the freedom of conscience for all people; I believe every person is made in the image of God, and is therefore given the freedom to know God and respond to God’s will. This is core to the Baptist tradition.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in March spoke to a Catholic lawyers’ association and promoted the idea, common among the Religious Right, that religious liberty is under attack in America.
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” Alito said, referencing the Bob Dylan song lyric, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
Neil Gorsuch is now the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was confirmed only after the Senate changed its rules to abolish the filibuster that was to occur to block Gorsuch’s nomination.
Gorsuch received 54 votes, all that was necessary once the Republican majority employed the “nuclear option” and abolished the filibuster, which would have required 60 votes to end debate on Gorsuch. Three Democratic senators joined all 51 Republicans in attendance to make the confirmation a reality.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the National LGBT Bar Association today asked the Supreme Court to affirm that a transgender student can use the school restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.