The U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings pertaining to religious liberty this week – and both were HUGE wins!
In the first decision, Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru, the Court ruled 7-2 to protect religious employers like churches and religious schools from discrimination lawsuits, reaffirming those institutions’ rights to hire and fire as necessary, to uphold their sincerely held religious beliefs. Liberal justices Breyer and Kagan joined the conservative-leaning justices in protecting these religious institutions’ rights to hire and fire as they see fit.
The Court also delivered a long-awaited decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania by a vote of 7-2, finding that publicly-traded companies and religious institutions with sincere moral or religious objections cannot be forced to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.
This win wraps a decade-long battle for the Little Sisters of the Poor – the group of nuns who challenged the Obamacare rule that forced their ministry to pay for contraceptives. Liberal justices Breyer and Kagan again concurred in judgement with the conservative contingency on the Court.
Sometimes, achieving victory on our issues takes a long time. But we must remain vigilant to ensure that our values aren’t abandoned on the grounds of forfeiture and apathy.
These rulings confirm that religious liberty protections still thrive in America, but they also serve as reminders that somebody – namely, the Little Sisters & Our Lady of Guadalupe – have paid a steep price to secure our continued liberties! We owe these true freedom fighters our thanks and praise and carry an obligation to keep our eyes, energies, and resources towards where the prize lies.
These particular wins originated in California, a deep blue state, and Pennsylvania, a purple state. Imagine what Louisiana may contribute to this legal conversation if we do not grow weary and press towards prize of sound public policy.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has published a provocative open letter to address America’s dissonance.
Published on Breitbart, the letter points out that those who are “woke” in culture seem perfectly willing to cancel the contributions of great men on the grounds that they don’t match the moral compass of today, but are they willing to hold the same standard of accountability when assessing the past transgressions of the Democratic Party?
Read an excerpt:
“Given the Democratic Party’s embarrassment that Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were Democrats (gone is the Jefferson-Jackson Day) shouldn’t the party be embarrassed of its own name? Isn’t the Democratic Party’s role in our country’s worse episodes of racism offensive?
The Democratic Party was founded by slave owners. These slave owners insisted upon a constitution which preserved slavery. The Democratic Party opposed Republican efforts to end slavery. The Democratic Party opposed Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. After the Civil War, Democrats opposed Republican efforts to give newly freed slaves voting rights and civil rights. In more recent times, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives fought Civil Rights legislation, beginning with Republican President Dwight Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Democratic governors fought integration of schools and public services, and the list goes on. It took courageous decisions by Republican judges and the enforcement of these laws by President Eisenhower who at one point called out the military to overcome resistance.
Two Democratic luminaries, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and long serving Senator Robert Byrd, were members of the KKK as young men.”
It’s important to remember that our fight is on multiple fronts – one spiritual, and against darkness itself; the other is against the media, who lack the ability to apply investigative virtue equally; and third, a battle for the preservation of history itself.
We live in a fallen world. All men make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God, but simply recognizing that every heart beats imperfectly falls short of addressing past transgressions. Romans 10:9-10 tells us how we can reconcile that imbalance with God.
That transaction remains the only starting point for effectively reconciling with offended brothers and sisters. History teaches us how to navigate forward with an understanding of the mistakes of the past. We should learn from, but not burn down, the many incredible contributions of past, but imperfect, souls.
And we must not allow those who scream “shame” to teach us what constitutes evil; God Himself does that through His Word, and bereft of today’s double standard.