Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has become increasingly vocal about her liberal beliefs, accused the six conservative Supreme Court Justices of eroding the barrier between church and state in a decision that struck down a provision preventing religious private schools from receiving public funding.
Justice Sotomayor wrote in a dissenting opinion that “This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.”
Of course, Sotomayor’s dissent was no surprise as she has become increasingly radical in her beliefs.
When compared to fellow liberal Justice, Stephen Breyer, Sotomayor’s views are beyond radical to the point of activism. Justice Sotomayor is dedicated to the cause and if the Constitution gets in the way, so be it.
Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion arguing that “Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Regardless of how the benefit and restriction are described, the program operates to identify and exclude otherwise eligible schools on the basis of their religious exercise.”
The conservative majority reasonably argued that Maine’s restriction on religious schools receiving public funding amounted to religious discrimination.
Justice Sotomayor believes that ending religious discrimination is tantamount to joining the church with the state.
Such absurd arguments are to be expected from the Supreme Court’s most outspoken liberal. The good news is Justice Sotomayor and her activist beliefs are in the minority.
The Supreme Court has a solid 6-3 conservative majority and that means reason and constitutionalism can be expected to reign supreme.