Post Mortem

Conservative SCOTUS reaffirmed life and liberty

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/9/2021 1:23:16 PM IST

 One among the final acts of President Donald Trump was the signing of an Executive Oder on January 17, 2021 to promote and protect life, male and female and born and unborn, by proclaiming the National Sanctity of Human Life Day to be observed on January 22, 2021, which coincided with the 48th anniversary of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion which is nothing less than a death warrant for an unborn child. In his proclamation letter, he stated that: “Every person is made in the holy image of God… On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished”. This proclamation of National Sanctity of Human Life Day, coinciding with Roe v. Wade anniversary, had invoked the conscience of America and the world on the evil acts of destroying life of an unborn child inside the mother’s womb and that too with the protection of the establishment, and reminding everyone that life, beginning from conception, has a supreme value and cannot be equated with nor replace by any other beings, living or non-living, on this planet earth, and that time is now appropriate to overturn the nearly five decades old deadly ruling which devalues life. 

Through the proclamation, the president also pledged his commitment to the Geneva Consensus Declaration signed by 34 countries on October 22, 2020 with an objective of promoting life globally through a “global efforts to provide better healthcare to women, protect all human life, and strengthen families”. 

In a stark contrast, Joe Biden’s series of executive orders at the start of his presidency only reflect his administration’s anti-life agenda which aims at devaluing life of a human being. His Executive Order on “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity” undermines God’s unique creation of human being as distinctively two genders – male and female. There is no more gender beyond the two. Government or human reasons and opinions cannot change this God’s nature of creation. 

Any male or boy who is thinking that he is a girl is in a state of mental turmoil and confusion, struggling to come to term with his gender, and is in desperate need of help. He needs the best possible form of treatment and counseling. But the new President unfortunately did not agree to that. Instead his executive order, under the guise of gender identity and equality, is adding more confusion to the boy by giving him the right and privilege to use girls’ private spaces including washrooms and locker rooms in school or public places and permitting him to participate in girls’ sports. This is bound to severely affect the right, privacy and safety of women. 

One of the most cherished values that make life worthwhile and the most important aspects of freedom of an individual is the right to freedom of religion. A Conservatives’ majority Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), which was reorganized by Donald Trump by converting it into a conservative’s fortress, had conforms to this right, and did it right once again at the time when the powerful establishment and Democrats cohorts under President Joe Biden launched a scathing and systematic assault on people’s right to life and freedom of religion, and the February SCOTUS’ ruling ensured that these rights will be guarantee, and that under no circumstances will the government be permitted to undermine the same.  

On February 5, 2021, in a South Bay United Pentecostal Church vs. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, the SCOTUS’ in its 6-3 ruling overturned California’s Governor’s enforcement of prohibiting indoor church services as part of the state’s Covid-19 crisis related restrictions. The state government’s attempts to regulate the way people speak or worship is an act of showing hostility directed against the free speech and religious liberty. In effect, this series of restrictions imposed by the state establishment on religious institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic proved that the first amendment comes under formal attack not by unruly rioters/mobs but by state establishment itself.  

The California state’s Covid restriction specifically targeting religious institutions and events in a time such as this, while letting violent protests across the state go on with no constraint from the authority, is a manifestations of a typical establishment’s character taking advantage of the crisis to amass political power for their own and government establishment at the expense of the right of the citizens. The crisis granted an undue pretext for the governments’ elites to further empower governments and trampled the power of the people, which was the ultimate promise of democracy not only for America but for the whole world. The explanation, based on the face value, behind the restrictions is that all the religious related events/gatherings are potential virus super-spreader events, and that if the spread of the Covid-19 virus has to be control then those religious gatherings need to be restricted, if not barred for some time. This restriction had created a ridiculous hypothesis that the Covid-19 virus spread only during religious events and gatherings, and not in the bars, casinos and in the violent protests in the streets.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett while concurring with the ruling exposed the hypocrisy of the left and the Democrats of the state on their biased approach to religious gatherings and other non-religious gatherings where restriction was imposed only on the former. She held that: “If a chorister can sing in a Hollywood studio but not in her church, California’s regulations cannot be viewed as neutral”. The Democrats and the mainstream liberal media see this coming and that’s why they did everything they can to stop the then President in November 2020 from appointing her as a new Justice to the SCOTUS which they failed eventually. Amy Coney Barrett will go down in history as a legendary conservative figure, and many similar actions from her, like the one in this latest SCOTUS’ ruling, in defending and promoting life and religious liberty is expected in the coming years.

A conservative SCOTUS overruling the legislation of the major blue state on the question of religious liberty is a testament to the fact that the Donald Trump’s presidency continues to impact America and the world even after he left office.

Dr. Nsungbemo Ezung, 

Wokha, Nagaland

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