Secularism in retreat – Trump’s poisoned legacy
In the once secular US, religious fundamentalists are increasingly gaining influence, as most recently shown by the abortion ruling. Trump has appointed 120 conservative judges during his term in office and so the Supreme Court could also change the electoral law in favour of conservatives.
While it is becoming increasingly clear to the US and the world that Donald Trump has been preparing the coup on 6 January 2021 for a long time and should therefore be charged with treason, his Republican Party is preparing for the next blow against US democracy. In perspective, the ultra-conservatives actually no longer have a chance of winning the White House for themselves. The demographic trend in the state is shifting from the white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon ideal voter that the Grand Old Party intends to embody. The US is becoming more colourful, more diverse, and thanks to immigration– unlike all other industrialised nations – also younger.
In order to have any chance at all, the Republicans are therefore using a unfair trick, a new division of electoral districts that marginalises ethnic minorities and favours white female voters. This gerrymandering violates the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. But now that the Supreme Court is staffed by politicised individuals and three liberal justices face a phalanx of six Republicans, it is feared that the Constitution will be amended and a jurisprudence prohibiting gerrymandering will be annulled. Donald Trump has appointed 120 conservative judges and justices during his tenure. Those of them who are on the Supreme Court are appointed for life.
Recently, conservatives have shown which path they want to set the country on with an ideological substantiation, often accompanied in the US by a fundamentalist religiosity, which has become completely alien to many Europeans, thank Goddess. Women now no longer have the right to abortion. Now, the individual states decide whether to allow abortions or not. The Bible fundamentalists are cheering and even call that women who have an abortion legally performed in another state are to be punished in the state where they live.
The US, which once started as the first secular project of the modern age, is thus turning into a kind of theocracy the high priests of which are the chief justices and acolytes are Republican officeholders. US President Joe Biden should be stoned to death by the Republican Inquisition because as a politician he supported legislation that gave women a choice to continue or terminate their pregnancies. Right-wing members in the Catholic Church, to which Joe Biden belongs, echoed the same message, and wanted Joseph barred from receiving the sacraments.
Hardliners on the Supreme Court have now tasted blood and want to continue the restructuring of society. Next, they could address marriage for all, which is anathema in the eyes of many extreme believers – 40 per cent of whom, by the way, believe that God created the world in six days, according to the text of the Book of Genesis.
In this respect, the appointment of the US Supreme Court is different from that of a country like Germany. If judgeships are assigned there “politically”, there is no doubt that – regardless of whether a judge hands in a CDU or an SPD party book upon taking office – the primacy of secular law applies. In the US, fanatical forces are promoting a Talibanization of society. This is accompanied by the discrimination of whole groups of society, which is knowingly and willingly pushed by the Republicans for reasons of their own preservation of power.
2024 will become a watershed, because then Donald Trump, should he not be indicted for treason and other crimes by then, could once again become the Republican’s candidate of choice. This would deal the death blow to US democracy, which is a shadow of its best self simply because of the obscene inequality in society.
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