Court questions


For some time I have been concerned about the apparent moral decline in our society in the United States. I have felt that a significant reason has been because of some of the judicial decisions. I now have reasonable support of that belief since Justices Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts have stated or implied that their perception of public opinion, and not just the law, influences some of their decisions.

Since no one has been able to supply me with a possible reason for nativity scenes that are restricted from display in public places then the application of the concept of “separation of church and state” seems to have been misapplied by the courts. This misapplication has been aided and abetted by the ACLU through coercion and threats of lawsuits. The U.S. Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).” It seems that primarily it is the Christians who are being restricted from doing religious things in our society. By the way, atheism is not a religion since religion is a belief in and/or commitment to a god.

While it is not a direct reason for our moral decline, the justices have made other decisions that affect our lives, such as defining a penalty as a tax. I think of a tax as an extra payment for goods or services that are received and not as a payment (penalty) for something not wanted. The court also changed the application of law as it applies to a corporation as an individual. With that change we have experienced an over abundance of money being spent on political activities that influence some people to vote in a way that they would not do normally.

If what I have to say has any merit then maybe others will pick up the theme and express it in the social media.

Jim Leggett

Montesano