Supreme Court Rules Against US Constitution to Favor Christian Churches

Supreme Court Rules Against US Constitution to Favor Christian Churches

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Host of Hardline Radio Show

In the Trump-era religious liberty is taking on a meaning that is far-removed from the rights outlined in the US Constitution. Recently the US Supreme Court, the 3rd branch of our government tasked with upholding the constitutionality of our laws, chose Christianity over Constitution.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church who sued the state of Missouri for taxpayer funds to pay for resurfacing of their church playground. The state of Missouri strictly forbids taxpayer monies to go to religious organizations, as is explicitly stated in the founding documents of this country; however the unbalanced Supreme Court ruled that Trinity Lutheran Church was discriminated against by Missouri.

Before the case was heard by the Supreme Court, Republican Governor Eric Greitens was sworn into office. Greitens immediately changed Missouri’s “long-standing policy on aid programs to religious schools”, arguing that “government bureaucrats” were discriminating against “people of faith” by following the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.

Republican and Chief Justice Roberts claimed that it was unfair to put Trinity Lutheran Church in the position of having to choose “between being a church and receiving a government benefit.”

Roberts went on to assert that states must have a compelling reason to deny a religious organization federal funding other than the clauses prohibiting such an exchange in the US Constitution. The chief justice claimed that the Establishment Clause in the constitution that explicitly divides church and state is not enough to justify not contributing taxpayer funds to religious organizations.

Newly Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch wanted to take the ruling farther to establish that “a denial of funds to religious schools in general to be unconstitutional unless the state could show a justification ‘of the highest order’.”

Gorsuch wrote: “I worry that some might mistakenly read it to suggest that only ‘playground resurfacing’ cases, or only those with some association with children’s safety or health, or perhaps some other social good we find sufficiently worthy, are governed by the legal rules recounted in and faithfully applied by the court’s opinion. The general principles here do not permit discrimination against religious exercise — whether on the playground or anywhere else.”

In dissent and in defense of the founding documents, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained that the “Constitution creates specific rules that control how the government may interact with religious entities. And so of course a government may act based on a religious entity’s ‘status’ as such.”

Ginsburg and Sotomayor pointed out that the issue wasn’t that Missouri “disfavor[ed]” religion, but that the state’s decision not to fund a church is a “valid choice to remain secular.”

Trinity Lutheran Church maintains that they “didn’t ask for special treatment. We asked for equal treatment for people of faith.”

The religious organization views the Establishment Clause in the constitution as the government emboldened to “discriminate against people of faith by treating them unequally.”

Religious equality has become a mantra for far-leaning Christian based organizations who demand that federal funding be given to them despite the obvious violation of our founding documents.

In addition, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of religious schools receiving federal funding thanks to a case from Colorado. In this case Douglas County School District implemented a voucher program 6 years ago to offset the monies going to private and religiously affiliated schools.

Taxpayers in Colorado disagreed with the district’s justification that funding religious schools with public funds would make public schools better and filed a challenge to the voucher program.

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

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