Satanic Temple Uses Religious Freedom Law to Combat Texas New Anti-abortion Effort
The Satanic Temple in Texas is in opposition of a new statewide mandate forcing aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated. In response to this new law, the Satanic Temple has declared that their members will not comply.
Under this new law in Texas, “hospitals, abortion clinics, and other health care facilities are prohibited from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills. Instead, they must finance cremation or burial of the remains.”
According to their website : “The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history.”
The religious group goes on to say : “The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices.”
By cleverly invoking the RFRA, the Satanic Temple is using previously successful schemes to legalize Christian values.
Thanks to laws like the RFRA, the US Supreme Court ruled two years that family-owned corporations who pay for health insurance can claim an exemption for having to offer contraceptives to their employees based on religious affiliation and laws in place that protect religious freedom.
That third branch of the US government made sure that “corporations have freedom of religion as well, and whether on the basis of those rights, corporations can deprive services to others.”
The late Justice Anthony Alito asserted at the time that corporate personhood exists to protect “the free-exercise right of corporations … [and] protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies.”
This opened the door for corporations to hide behind their religious affiliations by demanding constitutional protections while simultaneously discriminating against the religious adherences of their employees.
Alito claimed that because corporations can “support a wide variety of charitable causes” that they can pursue religious causes and assert their right to religious freedom even if that act clearly avoids their necessity to comply with feral laws.
The Supreme Court decision to afford corporations religious freedom is essentially an open door to do just that.
Back in 2012, the Satanic Temple has announced that because of the precedent afforded Hobby Lobby after the US Supreme Court (USSC) granted them “religious freedom” that they too want to benefit from the new law of the land by claiming their members should not be mandated by state laws that “require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.
The group stated on their website: “In the coming months, we will be initiating a number of other campaigns to assert our religious protection for women with health needs that are being complicated by unreasonable laws. In order to spread the word about this campaign to those affected, and to help support our legal challenges to laws that interfere with our religious practices.”
This “affront” to the Satanic Temple basic belief that “personal health” should be based “on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others” has created an interesting, and perhaps unforeseen, consequence to giving corporations the right to religious affiliation and enactment of their beliefs.
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