01 Jul Shredding Our Constitution
The United States of America has officially entered the realm of the ridiculous and impossible. Five justices on the Supreme Court decided that the Constitution apparently protects the dignity of adults, and since heterosexual marriage bestowed dignity upon those couples, then according to the Constitution of the United States any two people can marry. Justice Kennedy proclaimed to the people of the Nation that:
“With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding same-sex couples from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.”
I’ve read the Constitution several times and I don’t recall anything that could suggest that it protects dignity. If that is the case then no one should ever get a traffic ticket because that is definitely undignified. And no one should ever lose a job or be chided or sent to jail for a crime. Those are all definitely undignified and certainly impose stigma and injury. Oh, and shouldn’t ivy league universities be required to accept every applicant? Going to those schools definitely bestows dignity and being rejected can certainly impose stigma or cause harm. Oh, and everyone who wants to, ought to, become movie stars or doctors or lawyers or Supreme Court Justices or the President because those are dignified careers, and not getting those jobs could cause harm.
Though on a more serious note, this Supreme Court ruling is devastating to religious people, religious institutions, and religions. Suddenly five people have declared that if any of the other 300 million people in the nation think that gay marriage is wrong or hold to the Biblical and religious views about homosexuality then those people are bigoted and engage in discrimination that is akin to racial discrimination.
“Respect for sincere religious conviction has led voters and legislators in every State that has adopted same-sex marriage democratically to include accommodations for religious practice. The majority’s decision imposing same-sex marriage cannot, of course, create any such accommodations. The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”
How will this change play out? We are about to find out. We can guess that business owners, doctors, lawyers, and the like will be regulated on how they must conduct their business. Conscientious objections will almost certainly be made illegal. School curriculum will almost certainly be required to include lessons on “diverse” families. Sexual education programs will probably be expected to teach sodomy alongside sexual intercourse as equal. Many expect religious schools, businesses, and charities to be regulated while Churches lose their tax exempt status.
But there are other questions we must ask as well:
Will the government allow religious teachers to stick to the Biblical teaching that homosexuality is a sin? Will the government censor the Bible? Will those who use the verses in the Bible in a sermon be convicted of a hate speech crime? Will the government stop parents from teaching their children about religion? Will CPS enter the homes of families that teach their children that homosexuality is a sin? Will the government censor newspapers, magazines, books, and websites that publish ideas that are contrary to gay marriage or homosexuality?
Time and lawsuits will tell as more judges “interpret” this new “law”. But one thing is for sure, the justices got this wrong. They violated the Constitution by acting as the law-making branch. This should have been fought out in the legislature. Within a single ruling five people made up something ridiculous about the Constitution, violated the separation of powers clearly spelled out within the Constitution, destroyed the First Amendment of the Constitution. In a sense, they ripped the foundational document of our nation to shreds.