Regardless of what happens in the presidential election, the reality is that one of the lasting achievements of Donald Trump’s administration is going to be three Supreme Court justices. The most important of them is probably the last, now Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
In one of her first cases on the court, she heard oral arguments this past week in Fulton vs. City of Philadelphia, one of the most important cases in which religious liberty is on the line to come before the court in decades.
The city of Philadelphia had targeted a Catholic adoption and foster care agency and had eliminated their contract for ongoing foster and adoption care. Why? Because this Catholic agency turned out to hold to Catholic doctrine.
The stated reason was discrimination against same sex couples. But Justice Samuel Alito identified the real reason when he said, “It’s the fact that the city can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the Archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old fashioned view about marriage.” In other words— history Christian teaching.
The Supreme Court of the United States is poised to make history in the preservation of religious liberty, and now Justice Barret is on the court to be one of the nine to make that history—another reminder that elections have consequences.