Separation of Church and State: Religion and the Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court returns to session today, many Americans remain focused on the billion dollar 2012 election. Yet, quite possibly, some of the decisions the supreme court makes this year will effect Americans more than the outcome of the presidential race–as it should be. With cases concerning issues such as affirmative action, abortion and voting rights, among others, the court has the opportunity to set important precedents in the wake of last years historic Obama Care decision. However, for this reason, the record-setting number of justices to attend yesterday’s Red Mass caught my eye. In an age where issues have become increasingly polarized, religion poses a serious threat to legitimacy of our highest court. Sure religion inspires many of the beliefs that Americans value, but supreme court justices have an obligation to interpret the our governmental system outside the context of religion. Rather than bringing citizens together, historically religion has further polarized many societies, often leading to the suppression or death of any opposing beliefs. In an increasingly diverse society with an increasingly partison and non-compromising government, the Supreme Court should distance itself from religion and the polarization it promotes. Politics are polarized enough.

-Dan Terner

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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