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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Justice, The First Amendment, And Morality In America

Here's the Nonsense:  No matter how bad things get, we will always be able to trust that our rights under the Constitution will be protected.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Don't think your rights are protected or that there is justice in America today.  We no longer have the protections we once had.

So, you've thought that if things got really bad and you ended up in court that justice would prevail.  Even if you had to go through a series of appeals and ultimately ended up at the Supreme Court, you believe deep down in your heart that you'd prevail.  After all, you think, certainly the Supreme Court will protect your rights and do what's right. Unfortunately, justice does not always prevail, as the Little Sisters of the Poor are finding out in their fight against the Obamacare contraception mandate.  And the Supreme Court has just changed the rules of the game that will now make it almost certain the Little Sisters cannot win.

As the Little Sisters case has worked its way through the court system, most conservatives have believed that they would prevail at the Supreme Court.  But that may not be the case thanks to new action taken by the Supreme Court.  

WND is reporting that "...the high court has 'tilted the playing field' by excluding the First Amendment arguments from its discussion of the mandate that religious employers cover abortion pills in their insurance plans, the brief contends."

So, even though the Constitution acknowledges our God-given rights, the Supreme Court has decided that the Little Sisters cannot use those rights as an argument in this case.  And you thought the Constitution would protect you?   Sorry, but this is yet another case where we've seen First Amendment rights disregarded or trampled upon by our court systems.

There really is no guarantee of justice in our system.  

In another situation that should leave you aghast, Newsmax is reporting that the Harris County Texas (Houston area) District Attorney has brought charges against 2 people involved in undercover journalism.  The case involves the Center for Medical Progress, the organization that released the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood trying to sell baby body parts.  The Grand Jury in Harris County voted to indict 2 individuals involved in the undercover operation.

The article says that David Daleidan, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, "released a statement saying his group 'uses the same undercover techniques' as investigative journalists and follows all applicable laws."

Newsmax also reported that "David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.  Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison."  It is believed that "tampering with a governmental record" refers to their creation and use of fake IDs that were used during their video.

While it was certainly wrong to break laws, if it's true that laws were broken, the astounding thing in this case is that our society has allowed Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry to exist in the first place.  

We talk about influencing the culture and it can clearly be seen that our influence has been small, at best.  We cannot win this war unless we return to morality in our society.  Pro-choice advocates have created a society where children are a throw-away item instead of a precious life to be loved, nurtured, and protected.  

There have been over 57,000,000 babies aborted since Roe v. Wade.  And every one of those 57 million will be present on judgment day when the abortionists and their supporters have to account to God for their lives.  

With numbers like that, are we really any better than Hitler, Stalin, or Mao?