Russell and Duenes

The State’s Interest Must Be Secular

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Here’s another humdinger in Planned Parenthood from Justice John Paul Stevens. Unfortunately he is being replaced by Ms. Kagan, who no doubt shares his view.

“First, it is clear that, in order to be legitimate, the State’s interest must be secular; consistent with the First Amendment, the State may not promote a theological or sectarian interest…Moreover, as discussed above, the state interest in potential human life is not an interest in loco parentis, for the fetus is not a person.”

Of course, what Stevens fails to see is that his assertion above is promoting a theological interest, for surely we are talking about theology when we say that “the State’s interest must be secular.” I think Jesus disagrees. The problem is, a lot of people who go by the name of “Christian” agree with Stevens’ falsehood under the guise of “pluralism” or “neutral culture.” Hence, the trouble we’re in.



Written by Michael Duenes

July 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Posted in Duenes, Supreme Court

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  1. GREAT POINT. In June I submitted a paper to a writing contest arguing “secular” is a self-contradictory term since secularism itself is a religion. I will definitely work this example into the version that is, God wiling, published. Thanks for the reminder (I actually think that section may have been edited out of the abridged version of Casey I read in undergrad).

    Joshua House

    July 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    • Good word, Josh. Blackmun concurs as well with Stevens’ wording in his separate opinion. Keep up the good work. I always appreciate your comments.



      July 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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