Is America In Danger?: A Theocracy?

Sharon Scott By Sharon Scott, 6th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The latest two rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on birth control for women may lead to a much more serious debate then just free birth control for women, or endangering the ACA. Could this be a gate opening for the Religious Right to get a Theocracy here in the U.S.? Just what does all this mean for women, our Constitution, our Democracy, and Freedom of Religion?

Introduction:

The United States Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby did not have to comply with the contraceptive part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Then they ruled that a Baptist College may ignore this law will it is pursuing a lawsuit against the mandate. Most likely this case will make it to the Supreme Court next year. So what does the Hobby Lobby ruling actually say and what does this ruling mean for women, the ACA, and our Country's future? And even more importantly what will be at stake in the second case. As the college does not even want insurance companies offering birth control to students or faculty members? Is this really about Religious Freedom? Or is it about something else, something much darker?

It's in The Details:

Actually in their ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, they did have a sentence "in this situation." They also praised the ACA. They made it clear that this was not a blank check to discriminate against others because of your religious beliefs.

I heard three different responses to this ruling. One from the "Christian Right" which said that this proved they were right and began talking about new laws for discriminating against anyone, and saying it was for religious grounds. The "Left" talked about Freedom of choice. And then I received an email from a Christian group online who took a middle of the road approach. Saying this needs to be fought and that the "Christian Right" does not represent them.

This is when I went and read the decision word for word myself. I must say this ruling did not scare me as much as the second ruling does! But, only because of what moving in this direction might mean to my beloved Country, of my birth.

The Second Ruling:

In the second ruling they extended the exemption of a Baptist College to defy the ACA on the birth control issue. Yes, this is temporary, only until the lawsuit plays out. It probably will be in front of the Supreme Court next year. So why does this scare me?

Insurance companies all agreed to provide free birth control already, as they feel it is cheaper for them in the long run over medical costs. However, in the case of the Baptist College, they do not want the insurance company to provide birth control, even though the school itself will not be paying for it. This case is a bomb ready to blow. If the Supreme Court rules in the college's favor, it will not only be a blow to the ACA, and to women's health care. But it will put this Country on a collision course to the destruction of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It moves us ever closer to a Theocracy form of government!

What Is A Theocracy?

A Theocracy is when the country is ruled by a religious person or panel of a specific religion. An example would be Iran, or the Caliph in Iraq and Syria. And yes that is Islam, however, a Theocracy here in this U.S. would be run by clergy of the Christian Faith. In another words we would be no different than the Middle East that "Christian's" complain about.

History:

I hear "Christian's" say this Country was founded on Christian principles, well that is not right. Where in the Constitution does it say "This is a Christian Nation"? Does the Bill of Rights give us Freedom of Religion? And doesn't the Constitution declare "All men are created equal."

We just celebrated Independence Day. Why did we fight the Revolution in the first place? Because we wanted Freedom from Tyranny! After all our Founding Fathers did not like a King telling them what to do!

Why did the Puritans flee England for New England? Because they wanted to practice their religion, and not be told what they should believe. The ironic thing about this was they actually formed their own Theocracy over here.

So this Country was founded according to our Founding Fathers as a free nation. Where people could believe what they wished. I hear a lot of people in politics quote Thomas Jefferson. But they never seem to quote him about this one subject. He had a Qur'an along with his Bible and other books in his library. This Qur'an is now in the holdings of the Library of Congress. Ben Franklin stated "that the standards of religious freedom in America had to be so broad that when he was placed as a trustee of Westminster hall, 'even if the Mufti (chief jurist) of Constantinople (from the Muslim Ottoman Empire) were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.'"

This was the thought through out our Founding Fathers. In fact, the treaty between the United States and Tripoli in 1797 stated:
"The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion; as it has itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen." (Moslems)
John Adams said at this time of the treaty, "Now be it known, That I, John Adams, President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the said Treaty do, and with advice and consent of the Senate, accept, ratify, and confirm the same, and every clause and article thereof."

And not only did Thomas Jefferson have a Qur'an, he studied the Arabic language and obtained many books on the history of Islam and Muslim civilizations. He also supported the establishment of academic programs for the study of this area. In fact in his autobiography he used language that he desired to see this country become not only a Christian country but home for all. To prove this point I exclude his discussion of a legal bill:
"Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word 'Jesus Christ,' so that it should read, 'a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.' The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that we meant to comprehend, within the mantle of protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and the infidel of every denomination." Please keep in mine that the language used was that used at the time of our Founding Fathers.

So on the bases of what I discussed above, our Founding Fathers did intend on Freedom to belief what you wish. Not just or only Christian beliefs. This is real history, not the rewritten history of those in power or those with an agenda.

Conclusion, My Opinion:

We can not make a blanket statement about what will happen with the Supreme Court rulings. But, we can be aware of the can of worms these rulings have opened. We can only speculate how the Supreme Court will eventually rule on the second case, of the Baptist College.

However, both rulings were not unanimous, the women justices did not agree with these rulings. With the college ruling it puts us closer to a Theocracy. One step closer to the loss of our entire Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our Democracy. Yes, it is urgent we fight these rulings, we all must get out to vote this November.

If we do not get out in force, this includes those of different faith, the elderly, the disabled, minorities, women, and gays and lesbians. We will end up with a Senate and Congress who will have the "far right" view points. We will lose our Constitution completely. It is obvious that these forces wish to destroy this Country. Question is will we allow them to destroy it? I certainly hope not. I love my Country, I do not wish to leave it!

In Hobby Lobby's case it is really not because of religion, they would deny women. Their retirement plan includes stock in companies who make birth control, including the day after pill. Also they get products from China, who we all know believes in controlling the birth and even kills babies as a form of birth control. In their case it is money they care about not religious beliefs. But, that is meant for another article.


Resources:
The quotes are from:
Memories Of Mohammad by Omid Safi, Ph.D. Harper Collins Publishing, 2009

Check out:
Libraryofcongress.gov

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Married,BA in Psychology,Elem Spec. Education and music. I'm working toward two Master's MA in English/Creative Writing and a MA in English.write about politics, life, anything that's on my mind.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
7th Jul 2014 (#)

You're right, America is not a Christian country but it is in a way because Christianity is the major religion. I can say India is not a Hindu country but it is because majority Indians are Hindus. So I suppose whatever majority there is, that country is regarded as following that religion.
Regarding Hobby Lobby, whether it is about money or religion I don't care; only that I as a taxpayer should not be forced to pay and whichever women need contraceptives, are free to buy with their own money. Good exploration of points.

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author avatar Sharon Scott
7th Jul 2014 (#)

True, however, contraceptives are expensive and most women working now in retail do not make enough to pay for them. In Hobby Lobby's case, the insurance would pay, since insurance companies have agreed to that.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Sharon, I agree with you that we have a great nation and a need to fight Christian Theocracy! In my reading of the ruling, SCOTUS said that the gov would pick up the tab for any birth control not covered by the corporations. This means the taxpayers, conservative and liberal alike, paying part of a woman's health care expenses while the corporation still enjoys a government subsidy for providing insurance.
So in my view, women are paying twice for health care, SCOTUS made a decision which violates doctor-patient confidentiality, and individuals are stuck with corporations' bills. And all that is BEFORE someone kicks over the worm can!!
Keep telling it like it is, Sharon. I'm glad I'm not the only person covering this.

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