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I don't know how many people know the make-up of the Supreme Court. It goes like this: seven of the nine justices have been appointed by Republicans, five of those seven are of the Roman Catholic religion. When Justices Alito and Roberts were up for confirmation, I tried calling several newspapers as well as pro-choice advocates to ask why no one was discussing their religious affiliation. They are Catholic and made a majority of five. I am not anti-religious by any means, and am a firm believer in God.

I tried to tell anyone that would listen that I did not think it healthy for our citizenry that any one like-minded group of people should constitute a Supreme Court majority. I just "knew" that Roe v. Wade was going to be overturned. There must be a reason the Court, with a conservative majority, has not taken any action. I wonder what that reason is.

I've read recently that the Catholic Church has decided not to pursue an overturning of Roe, that they are waking up to the fact that there are much more pressing problems than abortion: terrorism, financial upheaval and, most importantly, the environment. The world is falling apart around us.

Christianity teaches that God forgives all sins except blaspheming the Holy Ghost. An abortion directly affects the doctor, mother, father and unborn child. Policy decisions that are enacted by our government not only directly affect 300 million American citizens, they affect a world of 6.5 billion people. Population is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.

It is high time they we, as a country and as a world, come together to put all our energy, intelligence, time and money into taking care of Mother Earth. Environmental disasters are not only responsible for trillions of dollars in losses each year, they are also responsible for millions of lost lives each year.

Time is running out exponentially. It may already be too late to do anything as regards the environment, hopefully not. Each day that passes brings us one day closer to a tipping point.

As Mr. Spock said in one of the Star Trek moveis: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Terry Byrd

Milan , TN

Nov 2 2008 - 10:50am

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