We are on the cusp of an important religious liberty ruling. Today is the beginning of arguments before the United States Supreme Court over the provisions of Obamacare verses the rights of religious people. Specifically, the case concerns the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, to operate a for-profit enterprise according to the dictates of their Christian conscience.
It is commendable that the Greens have been willing to take this fight to the highest court in the land rather than capitulate to a tyrannical law that forces them to choose between their faith and their lawful business. Obamacare requires that Hobby Lobby provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees, clearly violating their religious commitment to the sanctity of life.
From a Christian point of view this makes perfect sense and the First Amendment does say that Congress shall make no law that will prohibit the free exercise of religion. Hobby Lobby is by no-means imposing their pro-life views on anyone because their employees can still obtain those abortion-inducing drugs. But Hobby Lobby does not want to subsidize this clear violation of their faith.
The Green’s position to keep Hobby Lobby free from having to subsidize abortion will expose the true religion of America. What we have seen in the past is there is one religion that is preferred above all other religions in America, namely Secular Humanism. Consistently the courts have imposed this worldview over and against a Christian worldview and it has led to moral chaos. Secular humanism has no objective standards, therefore rulings based upon it are reduced to pragmatism. This is such an arbitrary and subjective standard that predicting the court is virtually impossible. Yet, they are somewhat predictable on another level: if something is anti-Christian, it seems more likely to be constitutional.
Secular elites argue that we live in a multicultural society, therefore all religions must be considered equally valid. This too leads to moral chaos.
Do you believe Islamic Shariah law is as equally valid as our Christian legal heritage? Should we allow all religions to practice anything their religion prescribes? Certainly this would lead to anarchy, which is why the Supreme Court has acted in the past to limit religious liberty.
Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ruled that the State of Oregon could outlaw the use of the drug peyote for “religious” purposes. Previously the government had to show that they had a compelling governmental interest before they were allowed to burden a person’s exercise of religion. But Scalia changed this standard and stated that Oregon only needed to show that this restriction applied to everyone, regardless of their religion.
In two later cases, the Supreme Court also ruled that despite certain religious beliefs, parents could be forced to have their children treated for life-threatening illnesses, but adults have the right to refuse the medical treatment. These cases involved the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse blood transfusions based on the religious belief that this medical treatment is forbidden. The Court argued that the child’s best interest and the interest of the state outweighed the parental and religious rights.
In the lower courts the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has compared the Hobby Lobby’s issue to a kosher butcher that cannot be required to sell pork.
America’s True Religion
America is religiously and morally schizophrenic. Built on a foundation of Christian law it has been hijacked by secular relativists. Secularism is NO less a religion than any other faith, yet it is arguably the most subjective of them all. The only answer for the United States judicial system is to return to our tried-and-true Christian heritage.
Some people argue this would mean having a “church dominated state.” This is not in accordance with our history or the facts. While there is a legitimate way to speak of the separate spheres or jurisdictions of church and state, both are subject to God and his standards of justice. All spheres of jurisdiction are responsible to God; the individual, the family, the church and the civil government. Because God is the only legitimate source of justice, you cannot separate God from government.
Currently we are under the arbitrary god of humanistic secularism that makes an idol of the machinations of man. May the “laws of nature and nature’s God”, revealed in scripture, be our moral compass, not the clever deductions of black-robed tyrants.
This landmark ruling regarding Hobby Lobby will answer the question, “is there room in America anymore for Christian based business?”
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