WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – After the controversy over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, one federal judge is making his disapproval known in a very explicit manner.
Writing in his personal blog Hercules and the Umpire, judge Richard George Kopf, who sits on the bench of the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, took a swipe at the five justices who ruled in favor of the chain store in its legal fight against providing certain contraceptive coverage for women on religious grounds.
“The decision looks misogynistic because the majority were all men. It looks partisan because all were appointed by a Republican,” he wrote. “The decision looks religiously motivated because each member of the majority belongs to the Catholic church, and that religious organization is opposed to contraception.”
Kopf, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, argued that the appearance of bias in recent rulings has divided Americans and contribute to a growing distrust of the Supreme Court.
He wrote that it would have been better for the Court not to take the case at all. “What would have happened if the Supreme Court simply decided not to take the Hobby Lobby cases? What harm would have befallen the nation? What harm would have befallen Hobby Lobby family members who would have been free to express their religious beliefs as real persons?”
In the blog, Kopf said he hopes in the next term, the Justices will avoid controversial cases because it has been”proven that the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.”
Kopf is no stranger to controversy, having written in his blog during October’s government shut down that Americans should “tell Congress to go to hell.”