Keeping Religious Views out of Politics

 

With the retiring of Justice Kennedy, the President must now nominate a replacement. There is much talk that a new justice could set in motion the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  Roe v. Wade set a long-established precedent allowing women the right to an abortion. The issue of abortion is negatively viewed by the those in the Catholic Church and by the Christian right. Many in the Catholic Church and the Christian Right would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and abortion made illegal. The President himself has indicated that he, too, would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Any nominees he selects would have the same views.

Our country was founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. Should we be nominating Supreme Court Justices who hold strong religious opinions?  Many of the nominees are conservative right-wing individuals with strong views on religion.  Rather than select nominees with strong religious beliefs, why not nominate an atheist or secular person, with no regard to their religious or spiritual beliefs?

Since religion and government are intended to be separate, why does the President insist his nominee for the Court be anti-abortion?

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