Thursday, July 2, 2015
HERE WE GO! MACON, GEORGIA MAY BECOME GROUND ZERO ON THE JUDICIAL ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THANKS TO THE SUPREME COURT'S ARROGANCE AGAINST THE CHURCH AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
This past Monday, just three short days after the Supreme Court's fascist decision redefining civil marriage (they can't and will never redefine any sacrament of the Catholic Church including the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony with gender roles in marriage defined by natural law not human stereotypes) the said same employee began a federal lawsuit against the school and is seeking a jury trial.
This is what the Macon Telegraph reported in Tuesday's paper:
[Said terminated employee] "contends that he was fired because of his marriage plans and that he didn’t comport with the school’s “traditional gender stereotypes.”
The suit seeks a jury trial, saying that the school acted with malice or reckless indifference to [his] federally protected rights. [He] seeks back pay, reinstatement to his job, compensation for his emotional pain and suffering, and attorney’s fees.
My comments: Of course the Supreme Court's decision on Friday is a wake-up call for Catholics and other religious institutions and organizations to protect their freedoms from government and judicial interference. What was once common sense in terms of the Church's teachings on sexuality and marriage has been ignored by administrators of various Catholic institutions for some time and there has been an heroic effort by many bishops to make sure Catholic institutions recover and comply in witness to the truths of the Church by those who work for the Church, especially those who influence and form our young people. While bishops of dioceses do not micro manage the administration of Catholic institutions that are private and operate under a Board of Trustees system, these private Catholic institutions only receive their imprimatur as Catholic institutions from the bishops in dioceses where these private Catholic institutions exist, be they schools, hospitals or social outreach ministries. Catholic institutions that flaunt and forgo Catholic identity in practice could lose that imprimatur as a Catholic institution and thus become non-sectarian or join some other affiliation.
Over the last ten years, Mt. de Sales has worked hard to strengthen its Catholic identity. It is essential in all Catholic institutions that we not act like an NGO as Pope Francis insists (non-governmental organization) but as the Church with a clear Catholic identity where those who work for our institutions uphold the integrity of our teachings in the areas of Faith, Morals, Natural Law and Canon Law by manner of speech and public witness.
Will this federal lawsuit presage the end of religious freedom for the Catholic Church and other religious institutions? Will it make it to the Supreme Court? Time will tell. The judicial system is not in favor of God's laws as we have seen only too clearly.
Here are a couple of ominous warnings from the dissenting Supreme Court justices on the fascist decision by five Supreme Court justices:
Justice Alito warns, “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent. . . . I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”
Justice Clarence Thomas warns of a further negative consequence, saying, “The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built. . . . Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect. . . . In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples. The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability. It makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation’s tradition. Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for ‘religious organizations and persons . . . as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.’ Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice.”
Chief Justice Roberts wrote more specifically about the threats to religious liberty saying, “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage—when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples. Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. There is little doubt that these and similar questions will soon be before this Court. Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.”
My final comments: Today's Catholic administrators will be taken to court. Tomorrow's Catholic administrators will be sentenced to prison and day after tomorrow's Catholic administrators will be martyred. When the USA collapses as an institution as it surely will out of divine punishment, the Catholic Church will remain to carry on her authentic mission in the world which is first and foremost the salvation of souls. Everything else is icing on the cake!
PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE USA!