Rabbi Merrill Shapiro presents "From Democracy to Theocracy: Following the Supreme Court's Yellow Brick Road"


In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers can be forced to fund religious schools in states with private school voucher programs. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Supreme Court ruled that “ministerial exception” means teachers at private religious schools aren't protected from employment discrimination. The Supreme Court protected people in Louisiana who are seeking abortions, BUT in Trump v. Pennsylvania, the court allowed the Trump administration to issue exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, allowing employers and universities the right to use religion to deny their employees and students birth control insurance coverage. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the court affirmed that LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but did not determine if discrimination that is motivated by an employer’s religious beliefs is still forbidden. The Supreme Court seems now designed to promote theocracy over democracy.  Is there hope? 

MEET THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Merrill Shapiro is Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is the founding President of the Atlantic Coast Florida Chapter of AU. Shapiro is past president of the Flagler County Democratic Club and the Flagler Area Ministerial Association. Currently he serves as President of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society. He is a friend and member of the First Coast Freethought Society and authors a column in their newsletter. Merrill currently resides with his wife, Robyn, in Palm Coast, Florida. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.


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