Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SCOTUS Taking a Power on Religious Freedom “An Ominous Sign”

I’ve long said that religious freedom is in danger in this country.  It now appears the attack on freedom of religion is further along than I thought.  In what should be an obvious case at least to consider the Supreme Court could not even muster four justices to hear Storman pharmacy case.  Here is a good video summary of said case:

In short, the Stormans, out of religious conviction, do not carry the Plan B Morning After pill, but instead refer to the multitude of pharmacies in their area that do carry it.  But that wasn’t good enough for Planned Parenthood, DemocRAT Washington State, the 9th Circus Circuit Court of Appeals etc.  So the case went to the Supreme Court.  And since five of the SCOTUS Justices are utter cowards, to put it nicely, the 9th Circuit ruling stands.  

You see, abortion is sacred.  Religious freedom . . . not so much.

My understanding is that when cases are declined at the Supreme Court, they are usually done so without comment.  (Lawyers, feel free to correct me.)  But Justice Alito, with Justices Thomas and Roberts concurring, were so provoked they did comment.  An excerpt:

At issue are Washington State regulations that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications. There are strong reasons to doubt whether the regulations were adopted for—or that they actually serve—any legitimate purpose. And there is much evidence that the impetus for the adoption of the regulations was hostility to pharmacists whose religious beliefs regarding abortion and contraception are out of step with prevailing opinion in the State. Yet the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.

Sadly, I concur as well.  Brick by brick, our freedom of religion is being torn down.  It is no longer a question of whether we will lose it.  We are losing it.

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