Skip to comments.Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too
Posted on 10/29/2015 10:34:54 AM PDT by wagglebee
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign.
The Ronald Reagan appointee said on Wednesday that if a public official has a moral objection to homosexuality, he must either follow the law or quit public service.
The judge's comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral beliefs.
Kennedy replied that no, they do not have the right to refuse to comply with the law.
Curiously, Kennedy cited as buttressing his point the fact that few judges resigned under the Third Reich. "How many judges, do you think, resigned in the Third Reich?" Kennedy asked, to the response of silence in the great hall. He answered his own question by raising three fingers.
At one point, his words made quitting sound noble: "Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something they view as morally wrong, in order to make a point."
The justice admitted that Christians who must "enforce a law that they believe is morally corrupt" face "difficult moral questions." "However," he said, "the rule of law is that, as a public official, in performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law."
Responses from Christian leaders noted the irony of saying that for public employees, the moral thing to do is follow immorality. Kennedy made no mention of religious convictions as actual, universal truths.
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver commented to LifeSiteNews, "Unjust laws should be resisted." "The history of the United States includes non-compliance, even by presidents, to immoral laws."
Staver told LifeSiteNews, "Religious freedom and conscience should be protected." In fact, Staver said, morality requires the reverse of what Kennedy advocated. "Justices or judges who disregard the Constitution and impose their own will should resign."
Gay activists were quick to applaud. The online journal The New Civil Rights Movement reported that Justice Kennedy "left no wiggle room for the 'religious accommodation' the renegade Kentucky clerks are demanding for themselves."
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He should recuse himself from all religious cases in the future, better yet, her should be impeached (after the election).
Kennedy is shaping up as the Brennan of this generation.
Justice Anthony Kennedy should resign for betraying the president who appointed him. Ritual seppuku would be even more honorable.
So how did the Christians resigning in Nazi Germany work out for Germany and Europe?
Maybe Justice Kennedy should have resigned before he violated the Constitution and imposed homosexual "marriages" on the whole country.
We could resign. Or we could impeach moral imbeciles like Kennedy. There is that.
Very interesting that a totalitarian society in 20th-century Germany is what occurs to Kennedy as an example of the situation here today.
unless they are muslim, in which case we have to cater to their religios believes.
like not delivering beer when you go to work for a beer delivery company
That would make Kennedy, Hitler’s Judge Roland Freisler . The judge appointed by Hitler to persecute his political opposition.
geez my typos make me look like an idiot
Unless they are muslims, in which case we have to cater to their religious beliefs.
...like not having to deliver beer when you go to work for a beer delivery company
no understanding of American history ...
and perhaps is deficient in American jurisprudence
Hey ... I have an idea ...
Why Doesn't Justice Kennedy Resign ?
Five lawyers can impose their social justice whims anytime on an unwilling people . . . and we’re supposed to fear an Article V state amendment convention?
Impeach for judicial malpractice. Establish new precedent.
RULE OF LAW
when convenient for them/him.
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