The Supreme Court Term When Theocracy Won - 2020-07-16
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court term offered modest victories for LGBTQ rights and reproductive health. But theocracy was the real winner.
At the end of the term, the Court dropped three decisions that essentially entrenched evangelical "values" into U.S. law. These decisions suggest that the Christian conservative crusade to blur the lines between democracy and theocracy is bearing fruit. This has long been a project of the religious right, and the election of Donald Trump gave them the opening they needed. In the first two years of his presidency, Trump installed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and, for conservative Christians, those appointments have paid off.
Theocracies always codify religious texts into power, but this theocracy is uniquely Trumpian. It pits the powerful against the weak, and the former always comes out on top. It doesn't make any reference to sacred texts as such. Instead, it operates according to a logic of power, unmoored from anything save amassing more power. It also taps into conservative Christians' sense of victimhood—that they are the beleaguered and bothered minority who need the protection of the Court.