The first clause in the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” I learned about the separation of church and state in grade school. We learned that the immigrants who founded the United States of America left their homes and came here precisely for the religious freedom it offered.

Government-sponsored religion was and is anathema to democracy. My own ancestors fled Europe to escape the clutches of religious intolerance. Sadly, most of the sitting Supreme Court justices never learned this fundamental foundation of our democracy, or they simply have no intention of upholding the U.S. Constitution.

At least two of the Supreme Court justices, illegally appointed by the previous president, perjured themselves during their confirmation hearings. This is ample grounds for their impeachment.

Neil Gorsuch acknowledged that the Supreme Court had held that a fetus is not a person for the purposes of the 14th Amendment’s due process clause, a legal underpinning of Roe v. Wade. Senator Durbin asked him, “Do you accept that?” Gorsuch replied, “That is the law of the land. I accept the law of the land, Senator, yes.” This was flat-out perjury.

Brett Kavanaugh lied repeatedly during his confirmation hearings about the credible testimony by several women he raped in college. To his apologists, no, you are not innocent unless proven guilty when you are applying for a life-long appointment to the most powerful position a judge can have, where you will be able to interpret law for 330 million Americans. Kavanaugh told Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that he considered Roe to be “settled law.” Senator Gillibrand summarized, “Every single one of them said they would not undermine a settled precedent; every single one of them said under oath, that they would actually preserve Roe.” This applies also to Chief Justice Roberts.

Their dishonesty is grounds for impeachment. However, more serious than that is their flagrant disregard for the United States Constitution. There is no pretense that their decisions are based in the Constitution. They are simply dictating their own personal religious beliefs to every American citizen. They violate their oath of office every day.

Clarence Thomas lied during his confirmation hearings about his notorious sexual predation. Thomas and his wife participated in the attempted coup to overthrow democracy, Jan. 6, 2021; this treason alone is sufficient grounds for impeachment.

Alito, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett, Roberts, and Thomas must be impeached and removed. Apologists may whine that this would be unprecedented. However, it is unprecedented that corrupt justices who represent a tiny radical fringe attempt to eliminate the Constitutional rights of all Americans and force their own religious beliefs on the rest of us.

Tom DeCoursey
Oak Park

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