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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Aug. 20, 2021
David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.
Generally speaking, those Americans who have strong objections to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark rulings Roe v. Wade (1973) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) fall into two categories. Either they are rather old-fashioned Christians (Catholics or Evangelical Protestants), or they are strict Constitutional constructionists – with a significant overlap between the categories.
The Roe decision declared that there is a Constitutional right to abortion, and the Obergefell ruling declared that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Old-fashioned Christians object to these rulings for two reasons. (A) They give not just a legal but a moral sanction to two practices that Christianity has always looked on with horror. (B) By implication, the rulings declare that Christianity is hostile to at least two fundamental human rights; and what is this but a declaration that Christianity is a false religion? …