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Supreme Court opens the door to new possibilities with Hobby Lobby decision

John Krull of NOVU wrote an article on July 7, 2014 titled Hobby Lobby decision questions equality. It opens with a quote from George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Supreme Court puts religious belief above the law
Rev. Jim Hetzer

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

When the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) made the decision to put religious beliefs of corporate owners above a law that SCOTUS declared to be constitutional, the court opened the kimono that has protected owners of corporations from private liability for corporate actions. SCOTUS made further inroads towards destroying a meaningful part of the separation of church and state found in the First Amendment.

The Hobby Lobby decision accomplished what the owners of Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations sought, which was to allow their religious beliefs to trump Obamacare’s requirement to provide birth control under their corporate insurance plans. The issues of the morality and economic impact of unwanted pregnancies were overshadowed by Hobby Lobby’s beliefs that birth control promotes promiscuity.

The founding fathers set up SCOTUS as an impartial institution to protect the Constitution and to balance the legislative and executive branches of the US government. SCOTUS is neither impartial nor a protector of constitutional rights. They have become a third leg of Congress, and are slowly but surely destroying key provisions of the Constitution.

The separation of church and state is the focus of the First Amendment because the founders had very intimate experiences with state religions in England, the Netherlands, and elsewhere in Europe. There is a continuing push by fundamentalists to insist that the US was founded on Christian values. The founding fathers supported a belief in a Creator and the Golden Rule. Spiritualists are 100% in supporting these two principles . Belief in a Creator and compassion and love for others are not Christian values; they are universally supported in many religions.

Non-traditional religions that include spiritualism, Native American and other indigenous cultures do not support the establishment of an official US religion. Fortunately the divisiveness within various Christian denominations and sects within these groups will not allow one religion to be chosen over another as the “official” religion of the US. God smiles when righteous self-interest prevents a greater sin.

There have been attempts in Ohio to put prayer and religion back into public schools. The ruse is to make religion an optional course for credit. This is a wonderful opportunity for non-Christian religions to demand that their religious principles be included in the religion course curriculum. It also opens the door to put up pictures of Buddha, Mohammed, and Ganesha beside those of Jesus. Jesus will like that because Jesus was much more inclusive than fundamentalist Christians. Spiritualists don’t have an iconic picture to offer because Spirit rarely stands for photographs or portraits.

The Cincinnati Inquirer provides the latest coverage of the attempt to pass the religious course for public schools bill in Ohio. Public schools could give credit for religious courses was written by Chrissie Thompson and was published on June 3, 2014.

Given the life-long appointments of Supreme Court justices, the only cure for the latest demolition of the Bill of Rights and protection of corporate rights over those of individuals is death or dementia. God has provided both exits, but dementia does not appear to be a disqualification for SCOTUS justices.

You can read the full text of Krull’s article that is focused on the implications of declaring that corporations are citizens. The Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions by SCOTUS have clearly put business interests above the interest of citizens. Citizens United has allowed the corruption of Congress through campaign funding rules. Hobby Lobby puts religious beliefs above adherence to the law. SCOTUS has created anarchy.

In the meantime, if you are a member of a non-traditional religion or faith, stay vigilant and vocal on attempts to put the religious beliefs of others over your rights to worship in your own way.

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