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"The Dark Ages Repeating"

Today is a sad day.

This morning a group of hate-driven-incompetent, six out of nine, supreme court (non-capitalization is intentional) has thrown the U.S. firmly into Dark Ages. Signs of a repeat of the Dark Ages have been present since the 1980s with the election of Reagan. Still, the recent bad decisions, including today's colossal mistake, have confirmed that we are in a period of intellectual darkness and barbarity.

Earlier this week, I was on a Zoom meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, health experts, social service organizations, and religious leaders to discuss the implications of overturning Roe v Wade. Because Alito had intentionally leaked today's news a month ago in hopes of lessening our outrage, I heard from every sector of the devastating consequences of this irresponsible act. This will result in a significant rise in human suffering.

The consensus of capable constitutional scholars is that today's ruling is a gross violation of the constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, personal privacy, and social responsibility. This demeans everything good this country was founded upon. It only reflects the social view of a small percentage of the U.S. population in conservative cults.

Studies have shown that less than 10% of the U.S. population wants to ban abortion. Still, since the supreme court is controlled by politicians who are bought by the rich political contributions, 90 % of the U.S. population has to pay for the sins of a small group. Shame. This country is not a democracy, but a plutocracy, moving into fascism. We need to work to implement a recall system for the supreme court so citizens can have a court that will be responsible to the citizens to ensure that we live in a civilized society.

The Dark Ages describes the early medieval period of western European history between 500 to 1000 AD, between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. This period was primarily marked by warfare, barbarity, and the rise of the Church. During this time, the barbaric peoples, including Huns, Goths, Vandals, Bulgars, Alani, Suebi, and Franks, and the Church amassed influence and wealth.

Characteristics of the Dark Ages also included a bad economy, decline in living conditions, and relative absence of new technology and scientific advances. The world's social norms became oppressive, and human suffering increased dramatically. Human enslavement was institutionalized, racism was etched into cultures, women were treated as chattel, and oppression of the poor was at its worst in history. These were all led by the Church.

The Dark Ages was when the Church grew in size and influence. The primary tool of evangelism was the Pope's army which was sold to every tyrant that needed extra soldiers. When the Church had its greatest power, human suffering was at its worst. Also, it was when the corruption in the Church was at its worst. The Church killed, tortured, and enslaved anyone who disagreed with it by labeling them as sinners, pagans, heathens, and savages. During the height of the Church's corruption and abuse of power, Islam arose in North Africa to shield its people from the cancer of the Christian Church. Religion and power do not go well together.

Today is a sad day; today is a day of lament and confession. However, we must not be resigned, for that is what the enemy wants from us. We must rise to challenge their evil, stand up against them for justice, and fight them to save humanity. This is our fight for survival as the human race.

In a dark room, a small candle shines brightly. On this very dark day, let us brightly shine our little lights to expose the evil of the day and bring God's grace and mercy to light. The darkness will linger, but we will not tire. God will renew our strength as good always triumphs over evil.

Pastor Sunny

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