Monday afternoon the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution that requires officials to refer to abortion as “murder”. Although it does not carry the weight of law, it is still a policy statement being issued by the State’s legislative body.
No discussion or debate was allowed on House Resolution 1004, by Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks. Afterward, Strohm was allowed a few minutes of personal privilege, during which he said the Supreme Court had violated “every act of decency and law” and the nation’s founding documents by “forcing the murder of unborn children on our society” through abortion.
He called on state officials to fulfill their oaths to uphold the Constitution and “to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”
“What happens when a court — and not just any court but the highest court in the land — violates the most basic law known to mankind — the right to life?” Strohm asked.
The 10th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, he said, mean “no one — not a doctor, not a father or a mother — has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child.
“Simply, (the Supreme Court) had no authority to do what they did.” (Tulsa World)
The wall that separates church and state has crumbled even more, as officials prepare to ignore the United States Supreme Court’s decision that abortion is legal. Since murder is not, that seems a pretty obvious discrepancy right off. Again, they waste time and money to appease Evangelicals on a law that has no basis, no point, and no hope of accomplishing anything. The only point here is for the Christian Right to exercise their religious beliefs over everyone else. Science be damned, laws be damned, and constitutionality be damned.
Even if everyone goes along with this ridiculous resolution, what will it do? It will let everyone know that Oklahoma’s state government does not care anything about the laws of the land; it places a much higher emphasis on the laws of its legislators’ religion. Well, we honestly already knew that. And the fact they believe the Supreme Court does not have the authority to make decisions should be at least a bit concerning to the voters of the state.
In March, the Oklahoma Senate struck down two anti-LGBT bills: one an anti-LGBT “religious freedom bill”, and another that would have banned local LGBT ordinances around the state. Oklahoma currently has adoption legislation pending that would allow authorities from adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate on the basis of their “sincerely held religious beliefs”, similar to the law currently working its way through the Texas legislature.
Oklahoma is merely following the same path it has been. It is chipping away at the fundamental rights of its citizens under the guise of religious beliefs, which is why the separation of church and state is so incredibly important.