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Justices Unanimously Oppose Obama’s Power Grabs

What does it mean when all the justices say the administration has violated the Constitution–repeatedly? “Liberty is at stake,” says Justice Kennedy

How out of control is President Obama’s view of his own executive power? On several key cases in just the most recent term, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against his administration. This should be a clear warning sign to those unsure of what a second Obama term would look like:  He sees few constitutional checks on his power.

My friend Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute summarizes some of these rulings against the adminsitration’s power grabs at the Wall Street Journal. Among them:

The High Court ruled 9-0 that the government violated the First Amendment by punishing the Hosanna-Tabor Church’s school for firing a teacher who dissented from one of the church’s precepts.

This case contributes to the view that the Obama administration is explicitly hostile to religion, especially Christiniaty. They seem to see no limits, and there is a clear pattern of trying to meddle in the internal affairs of churches, from the Hosanna-Tabor case to the administration’s determination of what constitutes a religious activity in its enforcement of the contraceptive mandate.

Shapiro quotes moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy from a 2011 decision against the administration:

“[F]ederalism protects the liberty of the individual from arbitrary power. When government acts in excess of its lawful powers, that liberty is at stake.”

Incidentally, around the country tomorrow, concerned citizens will hold Rallies for Religious Liberty, including one where this experiment in liberty all started–Independence Hall in Philadelphia. If you’d told me four years ago about nationwide rallies for religious liberty, I would have assumed it was a campaign to help oppressed people in Burma, Belarus, or China. But, no, we are now at the point where we have to advocate for the freedom of religion in our own United States of America. It’s unfathomable.

Read Shapiro’s piece at the Wall Street Journal (1 page).

Find out more about Friday’s religious liberty rallies here.


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