Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court grants fewer and fewer petitions for review, and now hears only about half the cases it heard 25 years ago. This means that many lower federal court decisions are final.
Because lower-court federal judges know how unlikely it is that the Supreme Court will reverse them, they are becoming increasingly aggressive in handing down supremacist decisions that are biased against parents' rights and religion, and in favor of feminist and gay-rights agendas.
Parents' rights cases are seldom accepted by the Supreme Court. This year, rather than hear a single case about parents' rights to control the upbringing of their own children, the Supreme Court heard the appeals of Osama bin Laden's driver and of prisoners demanding the right to read pornographic magazines.
- At the Linden Seventh-day Adventist Grade School in Laurelton, N.Y., an unmarried Bible studies teacher became pregnant and said she did not intend to marry. The school terminated her employment for exhibiting "unsatisfactory personal conduct inconsistent with the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church."
The teacher sued, and a federal district judge ruled against the school, citing a "compelling interest" in banning "discrimination." This decision exposes the school to a huge financial jury award and sends the message to religious schools: Don't dare fire a teacher in order to protect your values or you could face financial ruin.
- Feminists are now ruthlessly trying to use Title IX to force public schools to comply with the same outrageous gender quotas as are used in colleges. If feminists succeed, public high schools will have to eliminate 1 million boys from high school sports teams.
Feminists sued the Michigan High School Athletic Association over the issue of whether girls' basketball, volleyball and other sports must be scheduled in the same seasons as the boys. The schedule had called for different seasons in order to maximize the convenient use of limited sports facilities. But feminists cried discrimination, and they won. It is amazing that judges think they have the authority and the wisdom to decide which seasons high school boys and girls will play which sports.
- While state marriage amendments are typically receiving approval of 70 percent of the voters, the gay-rights lobby is winning numerous lawsuits that advance their agenda in public schools. This spring, federal District Court Judge David L. Bunning ordered a Kentucky school district to allow a gay club in its high school.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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