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An LA Times editor taunted Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in a piece on Saturday, telling the lawyer not to worry about an increasingly secularized America because future generations who don’t know Jesus will “become the “well-being.” of America better than Christian.
He also denounced the justice for the court’s conservative majority decision on Roe v. Wade, saying it would reduce the religious freedom of his secular children.
Paul Thornton, editor of LA Times letters, directed his latest op-ed at Alito, the associate judge who formed the opinion in the Dobbs V. Jackson case that overthrew Roe V. Wade, and who has expressed concern about the fact that American culture loses sight of God.
Recently, Alito noted that he sees a “growing hostility to religion” in Western culture and said he was shocked to see a young boy tell his mother that he had no idea who Jesus Christ was.
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Thornton quoted Alito as saying: “That memory has stuck in my mind as a harbinger of what lies ahead for our culture. And the problem that arises is not just indifference to religion – it’s not just ignorance about religion – there is also a growing hostility to religion.”
Thornton noted, “For him and those who uphold Christian primacy in this country (which is rapidly declining), a child asking that question completely upsets them.” He added that the question shouldn’t bother anyone, because secular parenting and secular children tend to make a good society.
Thornton, who stated that he raised his own children non-religiously, insisted that Alito should learn “how secular parents navigate societies still dominated by religious traditions, how we talk about other people’s cherished beliefs, or how we try to give empathy and compassion.” for children, who seem naturally inclined to both.”
The writer claimed that parents do not have the “answers provided by their faith traditions to complicated questions such as, ‘Who is that man on the cross?’ or ‘What happens when we die?” can be ‘disturbing’, but it’s also ‘liberating’ at the same time.
Thornton quoted Phil Zuckerman, a sociology and secular studies professor at Pitzer College, who has “spent much of his career reassuring the minds about secular education,” he wrote. Pitzer told the editor that “the data overwhelmingly demonstrates an inverse relationship between a society’s religiosity and its measurable well-being.”
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“Places such as Japan (with no history of Christianity) and Scandinavia (historically Christian but mostly non-religious today) take better care of their elderly and have lower homicide and poverty rates than the United States,” Thornton wrote, explaining what the professor said. has observed. The implication that it is a less Christian nation is a moral one.
“If people like Alito were really concerned that America is becoming less moral as we secularize further, those facts should reassure them,” Thornton wrote, adding: “Without the goal of indoctrination, the goal of informing and respecting children becomes breeding for people of other faiths.”
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Thornton claimed that beliefs found in Christianity are not unique and can be found elsewhere, writing, “In other words, do to others as you would have them do to you. That is the golden rule, taught in almost every religious and ethical tradition.”
He then concluded his piece with a court dig and his role in overthrowing Roe V. Wade, writing, “So Judge Alito, you don’t have to worry about kids growing up without a religion taught by their parents.” But I wish I could say my children don’t have to worry about you and the Supreme Court curtailing our religious freedom – including their right to be free from your religion.”