Looking At Danger: Justice Kennedy, SCOTUS, and Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Today at Crisis there is a good summary piece about the complicity of catholic Justice Anthony Kennedy with the secularist Left and about the recent SCOTUS decision in the matter of Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which probably left Jesuits weeping into their Cosmopolitans.

The writer points out some of Justice Kennedy’s landmark achievements: Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992); Lawrence v. Texas (2003); Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).  What a guy.

The writer, Bob Sullivan, takes us back to Pres. Kennedy’s traitorous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, which thereafter gave cover to coward catholics to be “devout” but pro-abortion, etc., and which foreshadowed the Obama Administration’s assault on freedom of religion with freedom of worship.

The writer makes a scary point:

The other problem with Justice Kennedy’s decision is that he sidestepped Mr. Phillips’s arguments about freedom of speech and focused on the obvious anti-religious bias of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. [NB] If the Civil Right Commissioners had been more polite in their comments and had not exhibited such a blatant hostility toward Christianity in other similar cases, might the Supreme Court have upheld the penalties imposed on Mr. Phillips? Justice Kennedy believes it could have. He wrote: “…it must be concluded that the State’s interest could have been weighed against Phillips’s sincere religious objections in a way consistent with the requisite religious neutrality that must be strictly observed.” He also wrote: “The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”

It seems that the judgement of the SCOTUS could have been determined on the basis of the thin thread of tone.

He concludes:

Let’s start electing and appointing Catholics who actually know and live their faith. Let’s start calling on those Catholics currently in office to be courageous in defending truth.

Before we can elect them, we have to raise them and get them to run.

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  1. William says:

    Don’t forget about the lesbian Democrat former mayor of Houston who wanted to censor sermons (and not just Catholics). (Article from 2014: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/houston-pastor-sermon_n_5992044.html)

    The Democrats in Texas recently chose a liberal lesbian woman over a moderate. It’s unlikely that she’ll win.

    And in case Mr. Winter’s reads this, being lesbian or gay or any part of the QUILTBAG isn’t what matters in-and-of-itself. I know straight “cis-gender” men who are more a part of the gay movement than some gay people I know. I have two lesbian neighbors who live together, but they are not part of the liberal gay rights movement. They are pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, support lower taxes and smaller government, etc.

    End ramble.

  2. Sawyer says:

    Chief Justice Roberts assigned Justice Kennedy to write the opinion of the Court. I wonder why Roberts entrusted Kennedy with the opinion. Notable is Justice Thomas’ separate opinion, concurring in part, in which he was joined by Justice Gorsuch and in which he addresses concerns related to free speech, which the Court did not rule on in the case before them.

  3. jhayes says:

    Darel Paul has an interesting article on this at First Things


  4. maternalView says:

    I’m afraid I have to disagree with William. It does matter in and of itself if some one claims a SSA identity.

    For too long Americans have consoled themselves with this excessive notion of independence. What I do or you do doesn’t matter as long as no one gets hurt. (Or better yet if you mostly support my political causes).

    We are connected. We are community. What one does affects the whole. Our actions and behaviors should be done with the thought of what’s best for the community (as followers of Christ not as secular philosophy). We are reading that now as regards the benefit of family. It’s not just beneficial to those who live in traditional families. It benefits everyone in the community.

    Much like abortion. An individual woman who aborts thinks she’s confined her action to herself. But she has impacted the community. And then when you have a lot of people all walking around thinking their individual behavior is their own and doesn’t affect anyone else you eventually end up with a community you don’t recognize.

    When we accept the disordered as ok because it doesn’t effect us we become immune to its consequences.

  5. Ben Kenobi says:

    The response I am seeing from the Hard Left is that they are making the point that “if the Church is in public, that they are regulated by public norms’. It’s a very old cry. Reminds me of Rome. We are having the term of social ‘cohesion’ be used against us now, just as it has in the past when the enemies think they are strong enough to push us away.

    This won’t stop them from attempting to sever the connection between the Church and society, if they can’t make us capitulate they will try to force us back into the catecombs.

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