Title

The Supreme Court letting states mandate morals will end badly

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

7-13-2022

Publisher

The Washington Post

Abstract

History shows laws will end up as weapons deployed in discriminatory ways to curtail freedom.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade, opening the door for states to impose a conservative Christian moral agenda on people who don’t share such beliefs. We have been here before.

A case from more than a century ago, in which the court furthered the imposition of a particular moral agenda, indicates a disastrous path ahead — with new discriminatory laws that trample upon rights and freedoms.

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States experienced a revolution in manners and morals. Concentrated areas of nightclubs, saloons, gambling parlors, brothels, dance halls, bars, cheap hotels and opium dens sprang up in the nation’s burgeoning cities. Their visibility — amplified by an increasingly sensationalist press — aroused moral panic, particularly among those who feared a rejection of religion and decency.

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