Christians are fair game. After years of trying to destroy the hold Jews and Christians have on the country historically to the present day, the haters have succeeded. It’s not only the way the gay marriage decision came down – as a political decision, not a constitutional one – it’s the leftist administration and the courts filled with left-wing judges.
In Oklahoma, the Satanists have been trying to get the Ten Commandments monument removed from the State Capitol. The ACLU sued and won in the State Supreme Court of Oklahoma. The case has been appealed and it is under review, but if it goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s not a certainty they will win a favorable decision.
Last year, the Satanists ran over the Ten Commandments and the family that donated it replaced it.
Justice Kennedy in his opinion said, “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection.”
That may be how Justice Kennedy feels but the United States Christian is one vote away from complete devastation.
In April, during the hearings on same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court, in response to a question by Justice Samuel Alito about religious institutions opposing gay marriage keeping their tax-exempt status, Solicitor General Donald Verilli said, “You know, I — I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I — I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is — it is going to be an issue.”
The Solicitor General of the United States in essence announced that the rights of a religious school to operate on the basis of its own religious faith will survive only as an “accommodation” on a state by state basis, and only until the federal government passes its own legislation, with whatever “accommodation” might be included in that law.
In other words, we don’t have a natural right to religious freedom. Our freedom is doled out by government largesse.
The administration’s HHS rules attached to Obamacare also relegate freedom of religion to the will of the state.
HHS has attempted to punitively fine any institution or business that does not provide “free” birth control and abortifacients based on their religious beliefs. Cases on the issue are working their way through the courts.
Justice Samuel Alito argued that this latest ruling will make it “impossible” for further religious exemptions to be created.
In the case of same-sex marriage, six lawyers created new law and the new right of “dignity” without state legislatures and without Congress. The Chief Justice described it as unconstitutional. Same-sex marriage proponent and conservative writer Stephen Hayes said, “They came to the right decision in the wrong way.”
Marc D. Stern, former representative of the American Jewish Congress, stated bluntly that as Chief Justice Roberts wrote in his dissent, the decision “creates serious questions about religious liberty.”
“The legalization of same-sex marriage represents the triumph of an egalitarian-based ethic over a faith-based one, and not just legally. The remaining question is whether champions of tolerance are prepared to tolerate proponents of a different ethical vision. I think the answer will be no.”
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent that the decision “creates serious questions about religious liberty.”
“The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage,” writes Roberts. “The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”
In his own dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas argued that “the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
“It appears all but inevitable that [civil marriage and religious marriage] will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples,” Thomas writes.
Roberts ended his dissent with these ominous words, “If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Religious people throughout the country are quitting their jobs in court systems because they cannot give out marriage licenses to gay couples. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is destroying all visible religious structures via court cases and Mikey Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation is succeeding in erasing any sign of Christianity from the military while ignoring other religions. The ACLU will no longer represent Christians who do not support gay marriage and newspapers like the LA Times are refusing to even accept letters to the Editor that offer an opposing view to gay marriage.
The Catholic Church is in immediate danger and will be he first to lose their tax-exempt status, and their universities, hospitals, social welfare agencies, adoption agencies that do so much for this country will fold. The humanists don’t care who gets hurt. It’s necessary collateral damage to fulfill their dream of a secular Utopia.
Leftists are thrilled with the decision because they see it as anti-religion and they see themselves closing in on the biggest obstacle to their Utopian secular state.
On Sean Hannity’s show this evening, a panel discussed the issue with a representative from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. She admitted that the religious institutions will have to change their religious values to receive tax exempt status.
The result of that will be that they will fold.