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A blacklisted American wins in court

Gerald Groff, no longer blacklisted by the post office
Gerald Groff, no longer blacklisted by the post office

Let’s end the week on a positive note. This week the big news in connection with Americans who have been blacklisted by our leftist governments has mostly focused on the Supreme Court ruling that Colorado cannot force a Christian web designer to create websites advocating the queer agenda. That 6-3 ruling affirmed the religious rights of Americans to refuse to promote ideas they find abhorrent. It also told the fascists in the homosexual movement they are not gods who can force everyone to endorse their lifestyle.

This column is not about that victory however. Instead, I want to tout another Supreme Court victory this same week, a follow-up of a story I had posted as a blacklist column back in August 2022, describing how postal worker Gerald Groff had been forced from his job because, after years of accommodating his religious beliefs and allowing him to not work on Sunday, his new post officer supervisor suddenly decided that he no longer had the right to those religious beliefs, and instituted disciplinary actions against him that forced him to quit. As I wrote then:

Though the federal government for years had accommodated all religious individuals, based on numerous civil rights laws, in recent years the courts have ruled in favor of businesses so that they no longer need to provide the same religious accommodations. Worse, these rulings have not been even-handed. Though the courts and government have bent over backwards to accommodate Muslims, women, minorities, the disabled, and the sexually perverse, people with Christian beliefs like Groff have been told by the courts that their beliefs are essentially worthless. They must either abandon those beliefs, or become second class citizens.

Groff’s lawyers included lawyers from the non-profit legal firm First Liberty, the Independence Law Center, and the Church State Council. Up until the case reached the Supreme Court, the lower courts had consistently ruled against Geoff. The court vacated those lower court rulings.

In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that federal law requires workplaces to accommodate their religious employees unless doing so would cause substantial increased costs on the business. The decision strengthens legal protections for employees seeking religious accommodations, such as schedule changes to observe holy days. The far-reaching decision affects employment rights at every workplace with at least 15 employees in every state in the country. [emphasis mine]

The highlighted detail above is this story’s biggest take-away. The leftist members of the Supreme Court did something it has been rare for them to do in recent years, rule on the side of a Christian. For example, they didn’t do it on the website story above, ruling in favor of the queer agenda and against the free speech rights of Christians.

This 9-0 ruling however suggests that even these judges are beginning to realize that the hate and bigotry against traditional Americans is beginning to get out of hand. They might still put politics above the law, but they are no longer doing so in a knee-jerk fashion.

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