The Post I Never Wanted to Write

The US Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old precedent Roe v. Wade this morning, erasing the Constitutional right to an abortion.

And they’re not done. “Justice” Thomas, in his concurrence, encouraged the Court to overturn the precedents establishing the right to access to birth control, to private consenting behavior among adults (in other words, preventing government from regulating your sex life), and to same-sex marriage.

Just to be clear about where we stand as a community, here are planks 8-11 of our 13-point Statement of Political Values, approved by the Council of The Atheopagan Society:

VIII.    Body sovereignty is paramount, particularly with respect to reproductive choices. Only the individual can make choices for their health and body except in the most extreme cases such as to protect public health (e.g. control of infectious diseases) or that individual’s safety (e.g. in a mental health crisis).

IX.       Sex, gender and gender roles are independent of one another and to force them into the rigidly distinct categories to which they have been misattributed by many of our forebearers is harmful.

X.        It is morally necessary to condemn ‘white supremacy’, racism, misogyny, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, fascism and all other forms of bigotry and hatred, and to reject all claims of ‘natural law’ used to defend or support ideologies of bigotry and hatred-supporting pseudoscience, such as ‘eugenics’.

XI.        It is our duty to stand with the marginalized and oppressed, as well as with allies who seek to tear down the structures and institutionalization of oppression, in order to create a more just, kind and egalitarian world.

This spells out pretty clearly where we as Atheopagans see ourselves on these questions. And what is happening at the Supreme Court is terrifying.

I am furious. I am scared for my fellow citizens whose rights are being stripped away.

I am sickened and saddened and appalled.

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