Opinion: SCOTUS Leads Assault on Religious Liberties

Leftists in this country like to say that they are “pro-choice”. To that I say…”bull***”! They are only pro-choice when it comes to killing the unborn, but not on education, or how much of your money you keep, or whether you get to manage your own retirement, or what kind of light bulbs you use, or how much water comes out of your shower head.

Leftists proclaim to be the embodiment of tolerance. To that I say…well, I think you know.

Leftists in this country are celebrating this week’s release of a Supreme Court decision, and a non-decision, both of which portend dark times ahead for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and protection of conscience.

In Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, the Supreme Court overturned a Texas law requiring abortion facilities in the state to 1) employ abortionists who have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and 2) meet the same surgical standards as other outpatient surgical centers. The need for both of these common-sense regulations should be obvious.

The trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell a few years ago revealed just what houses of horror many of the nation’s abortion clinics are. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies in the minutes after they survived his botched abortions. He took the helpless, crying, wiggling babies and cut their spinal cords with scissors. He also killed another woman, a 41-year old refugee, who bled out after he punctured her insides during an abortion. Prosecutors say there was ample evidence that he’d killed hundreds of other surviving babies, and at least several more women.

The grand jury report describes the atrocities thusly: “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women…he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy — and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels — and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.”

Following the Gosnell case, revelations of similar cases began pouring out of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and other states. Not only were unborn children being slaughtered in these clinics, but newborns were murdered, and women were dying or contracting diseases, being literally scarred for life. The Texas law would have protected women from such dangers. The abortion clinic chain in the Texas case had been routinely cited for code violations, including a lack of licensed nursing staff on premises, using rusty equipment, and worse.

But the Supreme Court has decided the risk of death for women seeking abortions is not nearly as important as reducing their drive time to the clinic. And now we know that the decades-long leftist mantra of abortion as “safe, legal, and rare” is a flat-out lie. With nearly 60 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, they clearly do not care for abortion to be “rare”, and with pro-abortion fanatics fighting tooth and nail against any restriction on their murderous secular sacrament, we now know unequivocally that they also don’t care whether it is safe.

The other case involved matters of conscience for those who oppose abortion for religious or moral reasons. The Supreme Court declined to review the case involving a third-generation, family-owned pharmacy in Washington State. In 2007 the Washington Board of Pharmacy passed regulations forcing pro-life pharmacists to provide abortion drugs to customers. The Storman family, when presented with such a request, had always referred the customer to one of dozens of other pharmacies within a few miles who supplied the abortion drugs. No one was denied service because of the Stormans’ declining to participate in the transaction.

In 2012, a federal court struck down the Washington law as unconstitutional, declaring that there was “abundant evidence” that the law was specifically passed to force religious pharmacists and pharmacy owners to violate their faith and conscience. However, the Ninth Circus, the most overturned (by a wide margin) of all the circuit courts, reversed the federal court ruling and upheld the law. By refusing to take up the case, the Supreme Court allows the Ninth Circuit ruling to stand, and allows the state to violate the actual constitutional rights of American citizens (as opposed to those fabricated “rights” that leaked out of the “emanations and penumbras” of the Burger Court during the course of a judicial enema.

Writing in dissent in the Texas case, Justice Alito warned of the dangers ahead indicated by this ruling, stating This case is an ominous sign. 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 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…. Ralph’s has raised more than ‘slight suspicion’ that the rules challenged here reflect antipathy toward religious beliefs that do not accord with the views of those holding the levers of government power…”

The Left claims to be tolerant, but they seek the eradication of any God-given, constitutionally-protected rights which impede their agenda. They are trying to force religious pharmacists to dispense abortion drugs. They have tried to force Catholic nuns to provide birth control for employees of their organization. They’ve jailed a county clerk for declining to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, and then opposed a law that would allow someone else to provide the service.

The Left is no longer interested in tolerance (if it ever was). The Left demands nothing less than full and complete acquiescence, accommodation, and approval from every single American, regardless of their own religious or moral views.

Our forefathers fought a decade-long war to be free of the tyranny of King George, who put a three-pence tax on tea. Much blood was shed in that war to secure the very liberties of speech, religion, conscience, and many more, that we enjoy today.

One can only imagine how quickly they’d have taken up arms if they had been told the government demanded they participate in the killing of innocent children.

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