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!