7:05 PM - Courts Declare Christianity Illegal in Public Life
2 cases establish wide range of government punishments
t started out with hints of official, United States governmental oppression of Christianity in the wake of the Supreme Court's marriage decision, such as "discrimination" complaints against people who refuse to celebrate homosexual behavior.
Bakers, photographers and marriage-venue owners were penalized, and government officials publicly vilified their Christian faith and ordered them, in some case, to be re-educated.
Now two rulings have cemented the American court system's determination that Christians must not be allowed to express their faith in public life.
The U.S. Supreme Court left standing a lower court decision that Washington state pharmacists who are Christian must violate their faith in order to practice their profession. The second decision came from a federal judge in Mississippi with a reputation for ruling against Christians who said county clerks in the state must violate their faith to hold their office.
The Supreme Court's move alarmed Justice Samuel Alito, who warned there was evidence that the "impetus for the adoption of the regulations was hostility to pharmacists whose religious beliefs regarding abortion and contraception are out of step with prevailing opinion in the state."
In the Mississippi ruling from Judge Carlton Reeves, who once punished a school district for allowing a voluntary prayer at an optional awards ceremony, said clerks in the state cannot cite their religious beliefs to excuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to homosexual duos.