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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Why Aren't our Judges Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Why Aren’t our Judges Smarter
than a Fifth Grader?

          Quick: What’s the first freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution?  If you have completed fifth grade history, you should know this one.  Here is the text:
          Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
          Most readers of this blog knew that and unlike most of our government officials, they probably also know what it means.
          Case in point: The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled last week against a photographer who chose not to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony due to her strongly held Christian beliefs.  The opinion read, in part, that the photographer and her husband “are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” calling it “the price of citizenship.”
          Pardon my rudeness, but how do such ignorant people become Supreme Court justices?  Their job is to uphold the Constitution, which, as noted above, is quite clear that people can not be prohibited from exercising their religion.  Of course, the Amendment refers to Congress, but its implications are clear.  The New Mexico Supreme Court either does not know the First Amendment, or it does not care.
          This is a major sign of dangerous times to come.  Christians will not comply with the unjust laws upheld by the court.  In fact, we know that they are not actually laws at all and are not binding on us.  We must, and we will, continue to defy them.  According to the court, prepare for persecution.
          It’s bad enough that there are people hell-bent on persecuting Christians; it is worse that they inhabit positions of power in government.  But we also have judges (I wish the New Mexico Supreme Court was a rare exception) who willfully trample the Constitution they have promised to uphold.
          The state of the nation is clear.  But now the state of the Church will become clear.  Will we persevere or will we "compromise"?  Will we endure the persecutions that are coming?  If not, society is lost.  But if so, it can be saved.  The courage of Christians in the face of injustice has long been the seed of the Church’s growth, along with Christian charity.
          We are being given an opportunity.  If we can endure, with courage, charity, and faith, the politicians don’t stand a chance against us.