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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, October 05, 2009

Shifting discrimination

There was a time not too long ago when "god fearing Americans" would have thrown a conspiracy fit about 6 Catholic Supreme Court Justices.


  • Well, at least half of the Catholic Supremes have more in common with Rightwing evangelicals than they do with Vatican II Catholicism. So maybe that has something to do with it?

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:53 AM  

  • I think it's political discrimination of convenience. First it was catholics as they still represented the immigrants, then they bonded the portestants and catholics together when they realized the southern strategy. Now, it's Judeo-Christian vs. the Muslims.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:01 AM  

  • The Pope is a foreign ruler, as evidenced by the US acceptance of the Papal Nuncio's diplomatic credentials.

    No one who does not "absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty" is eligible to become a US citizen. Citizenship may also be lost by swearing an oath of allegiance to another country, working for the government of another nation if doing so requires that you swear an oath of allegiance, or committing treason, which is constitutionally defined as "levying War against [the States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort". The Catholic Church is potentially an enemy of the United States by its institutional endorsement of itself as a universally established religion, its reservation of the right to excommunicate US politicians who disobey the Pope's rulings and voters who support such politicians.

    The letter of the bishops of the 2nd Plenary Council of Baltimore (1866) makes it clear that the Catholic Church claims primacy over all civil authority: "The church indeed does not proclaim the absolute and entire independence of the Civil Power, because it teaches with the Apostle that 'all power is of God'; that the temporal magistrate is his minister, and the power of the sword he wields is a delegated exercise of authority committed to him from on high."

    Pope Leo XIII in 1885 issued the encyclical "Immortale Dei", declaring:
    "Hence it follows that all public power must proceed from God. For God alone is the true and supreme Lord of the world. Everything without exception must be subject to Him, and must serve Him, so that whosoever holds the right to govern, holds it from one sole and single source, namely God, the Sovereign Ruler of all. 'There is no power but from God.'"

    So there is reason to doubt that one who has made a religious pledge to obey the dictates of a foreign power which claims superiority to and authority over all civil authorities on earth can be a US Citizen, let alone a Supreme Court justice.

    It would be appalling for 2/3 of the Court to be any one religion, but to have them kneeling to the one religion that has its own state, an absolute monarchy with over 1,500 years history of successful maneuvering for political and temporal control of dozens of nations is intolerable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:09 PM  

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