We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Declaration of Independence
The left thrives on the acquisition of power and hates losing even the smallest bit. Right now we hear them railing against the latest, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and none of it surprises me. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg led the charge with a scathing dissenting opinion citing it as detrimental to women's health, reducing access to contraceptives, and curtailing women's reproductive freedom. She also wrote, "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.
Meanwhile, the dems in Congress stand on the doorstep of apoplexy as they scream that something has to be done about it. To do something about it, they look to the basis for the majority decision: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993 under President Bill Clinton (D).
RFRA states that “governments should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification” and “the compelling interest test as set forth in prior Federal court rulings is a workable test for striking sensible balances between religious liberty and competing prior governmental interests.” In a subsequent ruling, the Supreme Court in 1997 that RFRA could not be applied to states, so many have since passed their own laws equivalent to RFRA. And let's not forget about the First Amendment, guaranteeing religious freedom. (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.)
So now everyone is on board with religious freedom. Right? Wrong. The left is up in arms about the ruling, and the liberals are looking for ways to undermine it in possibly two ways. They may on one hand strive to limit religious freedom to participation within a house of worship. In other words, worship as you want in a sacred house, but check your religion at the door on the way out. Second, they may think about removing corporations from its protected entities. So if you're a person a faith, don't count on any Constitutional protections if you open a business.
On a close read of the First Amendment to the Constitution, I see no limitations on the free exercise of religion, but you can bet they will try to do it if they think they can succeed. That may prove to be the hurdle any Congress may have in limiting this precious right. In fact, in order to do so, may necessitate a redefinition of religious freedom. After all, they've been successful so far in redefining marriage.
So what's the motivation? Power. The left cannot rest content in the knowledge that people look to a higher power. The elitists cannot abide that the great unwashed may refuse to comply with a law that undermines conscience. They will refuse to stand idly by while people choose to make their own moral decisions. The left wants to be the arbiter of right and wrong, ethical and unethical. They create a din with cries of "tolerance" and "diversity," yet they are the first to cry "Foul!" at opinions at odds with their own.
As we celebrate this Fourth of July, the 238th year of our independence from England, let us also remind ourselves of our civil rights. Those rights, our gift from our Creator by virtue of being human, have cost generations of Americans blood, sweat, and tears. Our Declaration of Independence codified them in law. Americans have proudly fought and died to secure them. Let us not give up now just to get along. Stand up. Be proud. Salute the flag and all it stands for. Then hold it close to your heart with your words and your actions.
Happy 4th of July!