Amidst the smoke and haze of the culture war for America, one thing remains incredibly clear, that is, the US court system is the primary reason for the suppression of traditional values in America. The courts, once known for good judgement and sound decision making, have evolved into a fundamentalist system of thought that oftentimes suspends reason and reality in favor of judicial precedent. The modern application of the separation of church and state is a classic example of how misguided it is to base decisions on precedents rather than the original concepts. The original concept of the separation of church and state is something virtually everyone would agree with, namely, the government should not work in conjunction with a religious organization to manipulate the people. Yet, the modern application is far removed from its source. Today, we have bully organizations like Freedom From Religion and Americans United for Separation of Church and State that make it their goal to remove the religious sentiments of the people from politics and the public square. These organizations have the courts on their side, but the end result of their efforts may very well be a Pyrrhic victory. Why is that? It’s due to the fact that their vigorous promotion of the separation of church and state is actually a promotion of the separation of the people and the state.
Take for example the Recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. How is it that we have come to this? How is it that the people of Oklahoma do not have the right to place a statue of the Ten Commandments on state property? Obviously, the court’s ruling is the logical result of the courts’ precedents. Let me explain. The purpose of the judiciary is to make sure that laws are upheld in accordance with the Constitution. The liberal members of the judiciary (from SCOTUS to the circuit courts to the district courts) have interpreted this to mean that they have a Constitutional obligation to uphold individual rights in the face of the tyranny of the majority. Fair enough. That’s a noble endeavor. However, what we have witnessed is the courts’ inability to balance their responsibilities to all Americans. The courts have forgotten that they have a responsibility to serve the will of the people just as much as they have a responsibility to protect individual rights. Thus, when the courts repeatedly defend the individual sentiment over and against the majority sentiment, the courts have set themselves up for a confrontation with the majority of the people, and that is precisely what we have going on today.
Here’s the irony of it all: In the name of individual rights, the courts violate the rights of the majority of our individuals; in the name of diversity, the courts aggressively promote conformity; in the name of tolerance, the courts are intolerant of anyone who challenges their ideology. If you want to reassert traditional American values and religious beliefs, the way to do it also pretty clear – stand up to the courts. Who took the power away from the people? Answer – the courts. Who bullies traditionally minded Americans into the corner? Answer – the courts. “God before Government” could easily be nuanced to “God before the Courts.” Stand up to the courts America and you’ll change everything.