After two disastrous rulings striking at the very heart of life and morality, the Supreme Court finally changed course in this 5-4 ruling.
And the close decision seemed to take the “experts” by surprise.
Because the U.S. Supreme Court just ruled in favor of this vital religious freedom.
Advocates of religious freedom, and our very constitutional republic, got a well-deserved victory this week.
After the horrible and discouraging U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the slaughter of the unborn and special rights based on “sexual orientation,” a big victory was needed.
The court’s ruling on expanding civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and so-called “gender identity” was bad enough.
That ruling could have severe repercussions on religious freedoms and the practices of churches, synagogues, mosques, and religious affiliated schools.
And it all but ensures that Christian businesses will be inundated with lawsuits from so-called radicals, homosexual activists, and Antifa thugs.
Then, in the infamous June Medical case, the court allowed for the continued unfettered murder of the unborn without even requiring basic medical regulations.
This case, decided with Chief Justice John Roberts vote, all but assures states will be unable to pass even the most basic restrictions on the barbaric practice of abortion.
With this vote, Chief Justice John Roberts, whom it is now rumored made multiple trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous island, has ingrained himself in history as one of the most significant child abusers of all time.
But then finally we have some good news for religious freedom.
The Supreme Court, in another 5-4 vote, followed the Constitution and ruled against discrimination of religious education this week. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the court rightly ruled that a state tax credit which “[discriminates] against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them” violates the First Amendment.
The case started in 2015 when the Montana legislature created a tax credit for individuals who donated to organizations that provided scholarships to private school students.
But then, the Montana Department of Revenue ruled that a tax credit on donations to “religious” private schools violated the state’s prohibition against state funding of religious education. Kendra Espinoza, a single mom who works several jobs in order to send her kids to a private Christian school, challenged the Department’s ruling in court.
In late 2018, the Montana Supreme Court agreed that the Department’s ruling ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment Free Exercise Clause. However, instead of overturning the Department’s ruling, it just invalidated the entire program.
In his (correct for once) opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said that “when otherwise eligible recipients are disqualified from a public benefit ‘solely because of their religious character,’ we must apply strict scrutiny.”
“Strict scrutiny” means that the action can only be justified by a “compelling governmental interest.” Montana, the Supreme Court ruled, lacked a “compelling government interest.”
Montana’s interest, said Roberts, is “limited by the Free Exercise Clause.”
In other words, the court clearly stated the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause cannot be pitted against each other. The so-called “separation of church and state” cannot be done by discriminating against the church.
The ruling also made it clear that religion is not a secondary part of the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is a resounding repudiation of literally dozens of laws and regulations in other states as well. Originally targeted to limit Catholic education, these laws attempted to give states legal cover for treating religious institutions and the people who depend on them as second-class citizens.
But the best part of this ruling is that it offers other Christians and religious freedom advocates a model for action and could even open the door for other solutions such as vouchers.
Now the question is, will conservatives, constitutionalists, and yes, Christians, do anything with this victory before it’s too late?