Religious Liberties Suffer Under Illegitimate SCOTUS Opinion
Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.
The illegitimate opinion of five lawyers on the Supreme Court regarding marriage is horrendous on many fronts. But if people pretend that it is the rule of law, which it is not, it will ultimately be a direct assault on religious liberty of unprecedented magnitude.
Mat Staver: Matt, this decision or opinion of five lawyers is not the rule of law, we have established or spoken about that, it is an illegitimate opinion just as many of the opinions of the Supreme Court have been absolutely illegitimate, wrong. They’ve been harmful and we have subsequently recognized them as such.
There is a concept that we have discussed in our marriage pledge about higher law and earthly law. This is a direct conflict with the higher law, so this is an opinion of five lawyers that’s illegitimate. They can have their opinion, we shouldn’t accept it as a legitimate rule of law — it’s not.
However, if in fact the country or parts of the country, begin to implement this particular opinion, it will have an enormous impact on religious freedom and those people in the dissent clearly recognize the impact that this will have on religious freedom.
Matt Barber: Mat, this opinion, and as you point out it’s not rooted in any existing law, it’s not rooted in the Constitution or certainly our nation’s history. It is, on its face, illegitimate. It has not ended the debate, Mat, it has launched the debate into the stratosphere. And ominously it has opened the floodgates to anti-Christian persecution.
Left-wing law suits abuse against Christian individuals and organizations are going to flow, Mat. It’s opened the floodgates.
Justice Thomas summed it up nicely in his dissent, Mat, he said, “The majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our nation has long sought protect.”
That’s the bottom line. And that’s what this decision was designed to do, frankly. It wasn’t about so-called marriage equality. It was about pitting the government directly against the free exercise of religion and it has now trampled the free exercise of religion.
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