Prophecy in the United States is finding another manner of fulfilling it’s role of exercising all the power of church and state.
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For example, McGowan v. Maryland in 1961 was a United States Supreme Court case in which the court held that laws with religious origins are not unconstitutional if they have a secular purpose. A large discount store in Anne Arundel County, Maryland was fined for selling on Sunday, in violation of an established state Sunday law. The Supreme Court was called to interpret if it was unconstitutional to enforce Sunday laws in a secular society when they had inherently religious origins to them. In the case, the Supreme Court Judges were divided on the issue, but the majority of the judges ruled the case in favor of fining the store in violation of the Sunday closing law.
Conservative Chief Justice Earl Warren concluded that “[The] appellants allege only economic (monetary) injury to themselves; they do not allege any infringement of their own religious freedoms due to Sunday closing.” But another Supreme Court Justice, William Douglas, interpreting the Constitution differently, dissented: “The Court picks and chooses language from various decisions to bolster its conclusion that these Sunday laws, in the modern setting, are “civil regulations.” No matter how much is written, no matter what is said, the parentage of these laws is the Fourth Commandment [as interpreted by Catholics], and they serve and satisfy the religious predispositions of our Christian communities…The First Amendment commands government to have no interest in theology or ritual…On matters of this kind government must be neutral.”
The Court’s review of the history demonstrated that Sunday closing laws were originally efforts to promote church attendance. “But, despite the strongly religious origin of these laws, non-religious arguments for Sunday closing began to be heard more distinctly.” Thus, Religious laws can be enforced upon secular society so long there is a secular purpose driving it.
As a result, how judges interpret the constitution, and the ways in which they approach this task has a political aspect. If the majority of the supreme court judges are conservative and loyal Catholics, they will interpret the Constitution in accordance with strict conservative (and at times bias) judgments, framing United States’ law.
The Lord’s Day Alliance is a group of ten ecumenical churches united at advancing Sunday laws in the United States. , supported by labor unions, has lobbied “to prevent secular and commercial interests from hampering freedom of worship and from exploiting workers.” (The Encyclopedia of Christianity, 2005) The United States Congress was supported by the Lord’s Day Alliance in securing “a day of rest for city postal clerks whose hours of labor, unlike those of city mail carriers, were largely unregulated.” ( Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America, p. 93, 2010) The laws regulating Sunday are called “Blue laws”, which were designed to enforce religious standards in a secular society. Over 30 states have different forms of the Blue laws legislated throughout the United States. As it presently stands, judges must judge in favor of Sunday laws as Constitutional.
It is the Constitutional duty of the United States president, who sits in the Executive Branch of the United States of choose supreme court judges. In total, there are nine supreme court judges. Both Evangelicals & Catholics conservatives, and secular liberals, are desirous of having judges who interpret the Constitution according to their moral persuasions, thus affecting the law of the land. This is of considerable importance because one a judge is selected for the Supreme Court, he is there for life; thereby affecting the legislative course of the entire nation.
“JUSTICES LIKE SCALIA”
There has never been a more politically-charged Evangelical voice as now. Contending for President Trump, a conservative legislative and judicial branch, the Evangelical Protestants have bound their voices together to push for the United States to be shaped according to their ideals.
One lifelong member of the Supreme Court, the judicial branch, recently died. Antonin Scalia was a profoundly conservative Catholic judge. Jesuit educated, he strongly venerated the Catholic saint Thomas More, who was an English lawyer, but also a vicious persecutor of the Protestant Reformation in his intense devotion to the Papal teachings of the Catholic church. Scalia’s appointment in 1986 was a turning point in America’s history of Catholic justices. It marked a definitive moment in American history when two Catholics would serve on the Supreme Court bench at the same time. By the time he died, over half of the nine judges of the Supreme Court are now Catholics. “Justice Scalia was a brilliant man, a hardworking jurist, a passionate advocate for this ideals, a distinguished product of Jesuit education and, most importantly, a faithful Catholic,” Catholic Priest James Martin, editor of America Magazine, stated.
Since his death, the Evangelicals have called upon Trump to choose judges holding views similar to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. But what Scalia and Thomas More stand for is clearly a unity of church enforced observances by the state power.
Scalia wore the hat of Thomas More during the inauguratal events to the supreme court by the president of the United States. By this, he was making a strong, but veiled, statement that his desire for the Supreme Court would be morally guided by the ideals of Thomas More. What were those? Historian and religious scholar James Wood tells us that he was “the heretic hunter of the mid-1520s, who personally broke into Lutherans’ homes and sent men to the stake, … [and who] would punish religious dissent not only with “displeasant” words but with state violence…cruel in punishment, evasive in argument, lusty for power, and repressive in politics. He betrayed Christianity when he led it so violently into court politics, and he betrayed politics when he surrendered it so meekly to the defense of Catholicism.”
It is evident that Thomas More was a wicked man with his fingers stained in the blood of the martyrs.
In fact, Pope John Paul II praised him in his Papal letter, Motu Propio, “an imperishable example of moral integrity”. He further praised him for his relation to the Catholic church in the political system: “…he is acknowledged as a source of inspiration for a political system which has as its supreme goal the service of the human person. Recently, several Heads of State and of Government, numerous political figures, and some Episcopal Conferences and individual Bishops have asked me to proclaim Saint Thomas More the Patron of Statesmen and Politicians. Those supporting this petition include people from different political, cultural and religious allegiances, and this is a sign of the deep and widespread interest in the thought and activity of this outstanding Statesman. …it is helpful to turn to the example of Saint Thomas More, who distinguished himself by his constant fidelity to legitimate authority and institutions precisely in his intention to serve not power but the supreme ideal of justice….I establish and declare Saint Thomas More the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians….”
Does this sound like a good example for Justice Antonin Scalia to pattern himself after? But Scalia’s ideals were very much opposed to separation of church and state. He called it a deception of the devil. ““Separation of church and state is the same concept as what was “spoken by a serpent, addressing a woman named Eve.” “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion…”.
This is the man who died. This is the man Evangelicals said they want Supreme Court justices similar to: ultra-conservative. He died at the time of Obama’s presidency, while he still had nine months remaining. But defying Obama’s constitutional duties to select his judge for the vacant Scalia-seat on the Supreme court, for fear of letting a liberal justice take away the opportunity of a Trump-presidency filling the seat with ultra-conservative judges, the Conservative members of Congress refused to give Obama’s justice his hearing to swear him in as judge of the Supreme Court.
Now that Donald Trump has been elected, and the seat was kept vacant by Constitutionally-defiant members of the Legislative branch, he gave the promise to the Evangelicals regarding his selection of judges: “I will appoint justices who, like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.” “Maybe we use Judge Scalia as the ultimate example of what we’re looking for…”. Serious words, a sad time, and prophetic history is unfolding before our very eyes.
After blocking the Obama nominee, and seeing the work Trump is performing for the Supreme Court in picking such judges, conservative Republican Mitch McConnell said: “Admirers of Justice Scalia are all over the country now and we’ve been seeing them as the president sends up circuit judges, sends up circuit judges we’ve been confirming in record numbers…We are transforming the court system of this country.”
The winds of strife and change are being let loose…the Constitution will never be the same; persecution will be revived, and great tribulation shall follow; and it must be before we may enter into the Kingdom of God and the Lamb.