Like the Chinese blessing/curse of “May you live in interesting times,” depending upon how the Supreme Court votes went the case finally reaches them it will either expose the court ‘s hypocrisy of “Religious Freedom” or their will create so many loopholes in their Roe v, Wade ruling that it render it useless.
Jews, Muslims and others say Roe vs. Wade reversal threatens their religious freedom
Los Angeles Times via Newsbreaks
By Deborah Netburn
July 27, 2022<
For 25 years Rabbi Barry Silver has served as the spiritual leader of L’Dor Va-Dor, a progressive synagogue in Boynton Beach, Fla. Like most congregational rabbis, he offers a Jewish perspective on major life events, giving weekly sermons, performing weddings, funerals and baby namings, and occasionally counseling congregants wrestling with whether to have an abortion.
Silver tells his congregation that contrary to Roman Catholic and evangelical teachings, which state that life begins at conception, traditional Jewish law, known as Halakha, says life begins at birth: when the baby draws its first breath. Before then, the mother’s physical and emotional well-being is paramount.
In some extreme cases — such as when the mother’s life is at stake — an abortion is not just permitted by Jewish law, but required.
“Right in the beginning of the Torah, Genesis states that God formed the human, Adam, from the dust of the Earth, like you create a work of pottery. Then he breathed the breath of life in him and he lived,” Silver said. “We equate breathing with living.”
Muslim teachings hold that the soul is breathed into a fetus 120 days after conception, and other religious groups — Unitarians, the Oklevueha Native American Church, and the Satanic Temple (a global organization that is headquartered in Salem, Mass., and that, despite its name, doesn’t actually worship the Prince of Darkness) — consider reproductive choice and bodily autonomy to be sacred.
And now the fun begins, as lawsuits are being filed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act claiming that the ban on abortion is preventing them from practicing their religious beliefs.
“One hundred percent, we’re just at the beginning of the religious liberty lawsuits,” said Candace Bond-Theriault, director of racial justice policy with the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School.
The way is see it when the case get to the Supreme Court if they vote that “Religious Freedom” doesn’t apply then that means we have an “official state religion” because the only religious values that count are the evangelical Christians and all the other religions beliefs don’t count.
If the Supreme Courts votes to allow other religions to be exempt from abortion laws than that leads to another question, what about individuals who want to exercise their own personal religious beliefs about when life begins?
No matter how they vote the justices will be opening a huge can-of-worms.