The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a powerful full-page ad in the main news section of today’s New York Times showing the Statue of Liberty enshrouded in “Handmaid’s Tale” garb, with the word “Liberty” crossed out.
That illustration, by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Benson, is accompanied by text noting, “The battle to turn back the clock and recriminalize abortion is a religious crusade fueled by the zealous beliefs of a minority. … The Supreme Court’s expected ruling to abandon reproductive rights to state legislative whim will sow even more chaos and suffering, and is anathema to America’s Bill of Rights. Fundamental rights should not depend on one’s ZIP Code.”
Warning that other constitutional rights are imperiled, FFRF notes that the foundational principle of separation between state and church “is jeopardized by a court consistently privileging religion over civil rights.”
The ad also notes that Donald Trump, in pandering to his Christian nationalist base, vowed to nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. “And his three appointees, joined by other extremists, are delivering.”
The appeal ends, “We cannot allow theocrats and minority rule to destroy human freedom and dignity, and eviscerate our godless Constitution. Secular voices must be heard if our republic is to survive. Join FFRF in defending the endangered constitutional principle of separation between religion and government, and in our urgent call for court reform.”
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