Justice Sotomayor Writes You Cannot Take Supreme Court at Its Word


Last week Christians around the nation celebrated the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The court ruled that privately owned companies such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties do have the right to opt out of the contraception mandate because of their religious beliefs.

However, a week later, the three female members of US Supreme Court ruled against Wheaton College, a Christian college in northern Illinois. The lawsuit stems from one of Barack Obama’s illegal changes to the Affordable Care Act. When a growing number of religious institutions started filing lawsuits against being forced to comply with the contraception mandate, Obama took it upon himself to enact a change that allowed companies, colleges, etc., to apply to opt out of having to pay for contraception coverage.

All they had to do was fill out Form 700 and the insurance provider or third-party institutions would pay for the contraception coverage for the company’s employees and then they would be reimbursed by the government via a credit system based upon other fees they owed for other provisions.

Wheaton College’s lawsuit contended that the Form 700 bypass still violated their religious beliefs because their employees were still provided coverage for birth control and abortifacients under their policy. Just because they weren’t paying for it didn’t mean it was suddenly okay to provide religiously reprehensible coverage to their employees. Part of Wheaton’s argument against the contraception mandate and the use of Form 700 was, as expressed by Sotomayor:

“It believes, as a religious matter, that signing the form would be impermissibly facilitating abortions and is therefore forbidden.”

This time the vote was 6-3 with Justices Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Kagan voting against the Christian College. In her dissenting ruling, Sotomayor wrote:

“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”

“Let me be absolutely clear. I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely believes that signing the self-certification form is contrary to its religious beliefs.”

“But thinking one’s religious beliefs are substantially burdened — no matter how sincere or genuine that belief may be — does not make it so.”

“[The] claim ignores that the provision of contraceptive coverage is triggered not by its completion of the self-certification form, but by federal law.”

“The sincerity of Wheaton’s deeply held religious beliefs is beyond refute.”

“But as a legal matter, Wheaton’s application comes nowhere near the high bar necessary to warrant an emergency injunction from this court.”

Sotomayor has just set a precedent that may shake the very foundations of American justice. She writes in an official case ruling that we can no longer take the Supreme Court at its word. If they are the last say in legal matters and their decisions are subject to the whims of personal agendas and can change in the matter of a week, then what certainty of law is there?

The executive branch of the government is blatantly violating the US Constitution and many federal laws without any recourse against them. The legislative branch long ago gave up representing the people of America and now the judicial branch refuses to be held to their word.

Unless there is a massive revolt by the American people to clean out all of the corruption in all three branches of the government, the America we knew is dead and buried. May God have mercy on His faithful!







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  • LABobfromNYC

    Facts don’t seem to mean much here but the Hobby Lobby decision was 5-4 NOT a unanimous 9-0 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby.

    • buckman21

      It was a misprint, the article was changed. Take a chill pill.

      • LABobfromNYC

        Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Commandments

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwDg2RVrDbw

        • buckman21

          Do you always blow everything out of proportion? Or just things you don’t like? I bet you don’t even know the final ruling or what even happened.

        • woonsocket

          The religious war on women was more effective in 1900. Maybe that’s why so many conservatives are leaving the GOP and becoming Independent voters. Those who stick around are old & dying off. Young voters don’t agree with the regressive GOP. Now they’re filing lawsuits against Republican governors who are trying to keep them from voting. Adding a threat to reproductive freedom makes young Americans furious.

          The conservative justices should all retire in shame. They love money and power more than they do Americans.

        • jessica22

          ws, Please don’t speak for young, reproductive, conservative females. You apparently HAVE NO IDEA!!!

          “Reproductive freedom” seems to be a hot-button topic for liberals to use to bully young females and inject fear into conservatives.

          Most young females are bright enough to manage their down bodies without your help… thank you…

        • LABobfromNYC

          Most young females are bright enough to vote Dem by MASSIVE margins! So, what’s your excuse? :P

        • buckman21

          Why do Democrats always think a certain demographic BELONGS to them, otherwise they are dumb and/or traitors?

        • LABobfromNYC

          because it does & they are.

        • John

          Reproductive freedom stops the minute you lie down. Abortion is murder.

        • jessica22

          You know that and I know that, but there is a whole group of people who believe freedom is self-defined (different for each and every individual).

          They think freedom allows them to act in their best interest, regardless of social norms, legal precedent or ethical standards. All that matters is what feels good.

          No need for Dear Abby or Emily Post for advice. Just do whatever you feel like doing. To hell with self-sacrifice or self-control. As an adult, I still get guidance and advice from my parents. Can’t imagine how a person survives without a role model to learn from.

          Maybe that’s the problem with lots of these teen boys who lack a father figure.

  • woonsocket

    Republicans may rejoice now but it won’t happen in the long run. Hopefully, thousands of conservative women will either stay home or vote Democrat in November. This decision will spawn more lawsuits. ALL Republicans will be further branded by what the far right does.

    The following poll was taken in Nov., 2013. Is it any wonder why more & maore conservatives are now calling themselves independents??
    Do you have a positive or negative view of your own party?
    Democrats: 73% positive, 7% negative
    Republicans: 49% positive, 26% negative
    Tea-party Republicans: 56% positive, 21% negative
    Non tea party Republicans: 41% positive, 32% negative

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/11/01/poll-growing-number-of-republicans-dislike-gop/

    • buckman21

      I bet you don’t even know the final ruling or what even happened.

      • woonsocket

        The courts will now be faced with more companies looking for religious exemptions. 5 conservatives on the court said that we don’t have to worry about more lawsuits. This decision is only about this one lawsuit. Big fat lie.

        If Republican families didn’t have access to birth control, they’d have a minimum of 10 children/family. More conservative women would be dead as well.

        • buckman21

          Yep, you don’t even know what happened. Let me break it down:

          Do employee’s of Hobby Lobby still have access to contraceptives? -Yes.

          Do employee’s of Hobby Lobby still have access to all 20 contraceptives in the ACA mandate? -Yes.

          See? You don’t even care to know what happened, and it baffles me, and here’s why. All that was changed is privately, or closely-owned, companies and corporations that hold to religious values, can now ask for a VERY small exemption to some contraceptives that THEY find (not what doctors might say) against their beliefs. And here is the rub, in two parts. 1) The employee still has access to the contraceptives that the employer happens to be against, because the insurance company still requires to provide it, just the employer won’t pay for it anymore. 2) If you have a problem with point #1, why? You don’t have a problem with the tax payer paying for subsidized medical care, abortions, etc. why should this be any different? Because it’s about religion which you despise? Oh boo hoo. This is America, and ALL religions should be honored and free.