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October 15, 2016

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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[1] Posted by Jackie on 10-15-2016 at 11:02 AM · [top]

Are these centers receiving any state or federal funding?  If so, I think they will lose on appeal.  The more interesting aspect to me is if the court is using some sort of reasoning similar to that used in the “your have to photograph a same sex wedding or bake a cake for one of you offer your services to the public for hire.”  If these centers offer their services gratis, would that make any difference?

I see a determined effort by the demon infested left (yea, I’ve been watching The Exorcist on Fox TV) to strip Christians of their ability to conduct commerce and earn a living unless they submit to the state.

[2] Posted by Daniel on 10-15-2016 at 12:07 PM · [top]

Daniel: No state funds crisis pregnancy centers. And typically there is no charge for the center’s services.

They. Don’t Care.

[3] Posted by David Fischler on 10-15-2016 at 12:34 PM · [top]

If we are at the point where cases are decided on the basis of ideology rather than law then the very concept of justice under law is dead.  And if law is in opposition to God then we own a higher allegiance to God.  It is time for civil disobedience.

[4] Posted by Br. Michael on 10-15-2016 at 05:06 PM · [top]

Yes we are and yes it is Br. Michael.

[5] Posted by Nikolaus on 10-16-2016 at 11:22 AM · [top]

I am trying to envision what civil disobedience against the “thought police state” might look like. Even commenting on a web site might be considered a crime.

[6] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 10-16-2016 at 02:00 PM · [top]

David, You. Don’t. Understand.

The American Bar Association just adopted a resolution (on August 8)  that now makes it unethical for an attorney to engage in any act which harasses or discriminates “on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.”  (Although there is an exception which allows you to harass or discriminate if it is in order to “promote diversity and inclusion.”)  I suspect any attorney which represents the pregnancy center is looking at being threatened with disbarment for engaging in acts of harassment or discrimination.

But take heart.  The original version of the resolution would have made it “unethical” for an attorney to even be a member of any organization which is “perceived” to discriminate or harrass.  (Like, say, maybe,  a Bible-believing church, a groups which is opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage, etc.  So now you can be involved, you just can’t represent them as a lawyer.

[7] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 10-16-2016 at 05:23 PM · [top]

God bless you, David Fischler, for your stand. So many “Christians” are afraid to stand up for what Jesus stands for. The situation in America is scary. I agree with the other posters that religious freedom is very much in danger. The news is full of things to support this conclusion. Lack of action on the part of believing Christians has allowed this to get this far. I’m very much afraid that, especially if this election results in the appointment of liberal Supreme Court justices, America as we knew it will be gone.

[8] Posted by Nellie on 10-16-2016 at 05:36 PM · [top]

If they lose an appeal, which looks likely in the current national situation, I suggest that crisis pregnancy centers prepare referrals to abortion centers which include graphic color photos of what happens to the babies and a list of the possible side effects to the mother..

[9] Posted by Katherine on 10-17-2016 at 11:05 AM · [top]

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