The Hobby Lobby decision put in context...

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The Supreme Court of these United States declares Hobby Lobby will no longer be required to submit to Washington D.C.'s oppression and we're supposed to be happy and grateful? Are you kidding me?

The cornerstone of our nation's principles of government is the recognition that all men have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet Christians are tickled pink and giggling with excitement that closely held family corporations of a certain inordinate religiosity will no longer be obligated to pay for the slaughter of their employees' children. It doesn't take much for the court jesters inside the Beltway to make us grateful, does it?

Sometimes I think I have a clear view of the game plan. The relationship between Christian citizens of these United States and their civil magistrates is much like professional wrestling...

It's a spectacle for the entertainment of the masses. Think of the Hobby Lobby decision in connection with this excerpt from Wikipedia's entry under "professional wrestling":

(Professional wrestling) matches have predetermined outcomes in order to heighten entertainment value, and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and carefully performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury. These facts were once kept highly secretive but are now a widely accepted open secret. By and large, the true nature of the performance is not discussed by the performing company in official media in order to sustain and promote the willing suspension of disbelief for the audience by maintaining an aura of verisimilitude. Fan communications by individual wrestlers and promotions through outside media (i.e. interviews) will often directly acknowledge the dramatic and "fixed" nature of the spectacle.

The Hobby Lobby decision is no defense of our freedom of religion. It's merely a cynical step backwards required to restore naptime quiet out there in the hinterlands. Don't think for a minute that we the people of these United States have even an ounce more freedom of religion today than we did yesterday. We have less.

The same justices who exempted Hobby Lobby from paying for the murder of little children also yesterday declined to hear an appeal arising from California's law prohibiting fathers and mothers to seek the healing of their sons and daughters from sexual perversion. In California, it is now against the law for parents to have help working with their children to heal wounded sexual identity caused by child sexual abuse and rape. The very Supreme Court that decided they would allow Hobby Lobby a religious exemption from federal requirements they pay for murder refused to hear a case requesting that same religious exemption for Christian parents seeking health and godliness for their sons and daughters.

Liberty Counsel had filed the appeal that SCOTUS refused, and Liberty's chairman, Mat Staver, issued this statement:

I am deeply saddened for the families we represent and for the thousands of children that our professional clients counsel, many of whom developed these unwanted attractions because of abuse of a pedophile. The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from this counseling. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved. These children have been victimized twice—first by the likes of Jerry Sandusky, and second by legislators and judges who have essentially barged into their private therapy rooms and told them that they must pursue their unwanted and dangerous same-sex sexual attractions and behavior.

Across our land, Christian fathers and mothers are required to pay for the religious indoctrination of their minor children by public school teachers; they are impotent to protect their minor daughter from the school nurse driving her to the abortionist for the murder of her child; they are threatened with the loss of their sons and daughters to the jurisdiction of Child Protective Services if they discipline those sons and daughters by spanking them; they are not allowed to work toward the restoration of masculinity and femininity to sons and daughters damaged by sexual abuse;  but happy days are here again!

Hobby Lobby has been granted a religious exemption from the requirement of our bloodlusty president being implemented by his jackbooted stormtroopers, that employers of every one of the fifty states of our union pay for the slaughter of their employees' children.

Yes, I am grateful that Hobby Lobby, Tyndale House Publishers, and other Christian corporations stood up against this unthinkable forced participation in genocide. And yes, I am grateful they won this time around. But the larger picture is so clear and has been for so very long that I find myself dreading the damage this decision has done by putting the hinterland to sleep once again. What would ever cause us to discipline these lawless men rebelling against the established authority of we, the people, and our Constitution if we have made our peace with the civil magistrate's enticement of our children into idolatry, their forbidding of our use of corporal punishment, and their criminalizing efforts to defend our children from predators who have worked to turn them to sodomy and lesbianism?

Again, note that SCOTUS's tiny exemption of a tiny group of closely held family corporations from paying for murder was issued on the same day this same court refused to hear Christian parents' appeal of California Governor Jerry Brown's law criminalizing those who would work to heal sexually abused children of resulant sexual identity problems.

Back in 1988, my daughter Heather and I were travelling with Mother Theresa. Earlier that year, Gov. Jerry Brown had been over in Calcutta working with Mother Theresa's Sisters of Charity and it had been reported Brown had converted to Christian faith during his time there. I asked if the reports were true?

Mother Theresa said yes, it was true; Jerry Brown had put his faith in Jesus while he was with them.

I wonder if any one of the many Christians who spend time with Gov. Brown each day has warned him of the coming judgment, when corrupters of little ones will receive such terrible punishment they will wish they had never been born?

Yes, I'm grateful to the Lord for His kindness to us in the Hobby Lobby decision. But no, I am not grateful to the Supreme Court of these United States—not in the slightest. Their rebellion against our lawful authority proceeds. And yesterday, it did not slow down. It accelerated.

Republican hero and likely presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has already jumped on Gov. Brown's bandwagon and around ten other states are in the process of passing similar legislation.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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