The progress of freedom
and legal equality is measured in sometimes subtle
A couple of days ago, I
received in the mail my monthly copy of OUT
magazine, a publication aimed toward the gay community but having
articles of more general interest. It came wrapped, as it always does, in an
opaque gray plastic wrapper, with no indication on the label as to the name or
nature of the publication within.
At the risk of being considered impolite, I can’t help but add that every one of the five Justices who upheld the ban on a second trimester abortion procedure (in defiance of expert medical opinion) are Catholic. Four are conservative Catholics. I expect that some consider the mere mention of this obvious but salient fact an example of religious bigotry, but advocates of more religion in government who praise the influence of sectarian religious ideals on public policy should be prepared to hear it questioned.