- Jan 27, 2020
Religious denominations in the United States have been largely exempt from paying taxes, but some cracks are beginning to show.
The number of protesters is expected to surge this weekend when Texas-based Operation Save America converges on Louisville for a weeklong vigil, with the long-term goal of making Kentucky a national model in its push to end abortion. The group urges state officials to ignore the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.
Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote in his 2006 book “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
Anyone familiar with the full range of Catholic social teaching knows that it’s not a good fit for the left v. right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder Tuesday night with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch seems likely to align with the Church’s positions on many issues but create possible heartburn on others.
The reversal Friday followed a slew of separate briefs signed by dozens of other state elected officials, conservative activists and religious leaders who asked the state Supreme Court to defend religious liberty and take a stand on social issues.
The U.S. Supreme Court continued to tackle many important issues this year including immigration, abortion, the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the death penalty, despite the loss of the conservative vote of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.