Culture War and Supreme Court
By Chinma Omogah
What is Culture War
Cultural war: Court Cases
Van Ordan v. Perry
But if this were to be a different monument from a different religion the court case may have not ended the same way. Although supposedly neutral the supreme court of justice could be swaying towards Christianity. This would go again the separation of religion and government.
McCullen v Coakley
This case is more than about their rights being taken away, it's really about the issue of abortion. Birth control has become a trending topic in and has become more involved in politics. Some conservatives would say abortion should be illegal in that it's morally wrong. And some others would say that it's their body and that they should be able to do what ever they please with it.
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
Hobby lobby an art and crafts store refuses to provide their employees contraception coverage (birth control) on the principle that it's against their religion. CEO Anthony Hahn said, "Americans don't have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business." He is referring to our freedom of speech which is protected on the 1st amendment.
The Supreme Court ruled that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. This could lead to further influence on religious and abortion based court cases and laws.
United States v. Virginia
Following the ruling, VMI contemplated going private to exempt itself from the 14th Amendment, and thus this ruling. The Department of Defense warned the school that it would withdraw all ROTC (reserve officers training corps) programs from the school if this privatization took place.
Possible Justices of Supreme Court to Retire
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ginsburg is one of the oldest current justices at 81 years old. She has a history of cancer and recently was hospitalized for heart problems.
Stephen G. Breyer
Breyer has been pressured to a lesser extent to resign in hopes that another liberal can take his place.
What would happen...
For multiple years liberal and democrats have tried to get Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who both lean to the left, to step down to ensure that Obama could nominate someone who would have similar views as them. Ginsburg has yet to retire because she feels that there isn't some one that share similar views that could currently replace her.
A problem that comes along with Ginsberg current decision is that if a republican wins the 2016 election and Ginsberg or anybody else that leans to the left were to left the supreme court would become more conservative. That means decisions such as abortion, gays rights and religious freedom would start to lean more to the right than it already is.