Time for Civil Disobedience
I’m a big supporter of crisis pregnancy centers. When I lived in Winston-Salem, I volunteered as a counselor at one, and later served on its board of directors. With that in mind, I can say without a moment’s hesitation that the time for civil disobedience is very near, if in fact it has not come, at least in California. From the Federalist:
A federal court just ruled that pregnancy centers have to tell their patients where they can get publicly-funded contraception and an abortion—even if it violates their religious beliefs.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that California law AB 775, which compels Christian, pro-life pregnancy centers to advocate for abortion, doesn’t impede their First Amendment right to exercise their religious beliefs.
The court determined that because women aren’t just going to NIFLA’s centers for the services they specifically offer, but for counseling and educational resources, the group must also educate women about where they can get an abortion.
This still has to go to the Supreme Court. As things stand today, it would be affirmed, though not as a precedent, because it’s a virtual certainty that the Court would refuse to review it by a 4-4 vote, meaning the 9th Circuit’s ruling would stand.
At which point, the crisis pregnancy centers of California should tell the state to go to hell.
The idea of forced speech of any kind is so repugnant to the First Amendment’s free speech and freedom of religion clauses that it is genuinely difficult to imagine how a properly trained lawyer at any level could find this acceptable. Then I remember that the American judiciary, like the academy, is by and large no longer dedicated to the pursuit of truth, or even justice. Now, the goal is political power in pursuit of an ideological agenda, nothing more or less. Whatever sophistry is needed, whatever violation of ethics is required, whatever refusal to abide by the rules of logic is necessary, the ideologues will employ, and on no issue is that more the case than abortion. For leftist judges and the professors who taught them, it’s Molech uber alles. And the First Amendment, and the foundational principles upon which this country was built, be damned.
Peter once told the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) It is time for that to be the word spoken to the death cultists of California, and anywhere else this particular threat to our faith raises its head. If that means fines or jail, then we will know the truth of what Paul wrote to the Philippians: “[I]t has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” (1:29)
The time is coming. Be prepared.
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