"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT

June 30, 2000

U. S. SUPREME COURT SPEAKS
What Will the Supreme Judge of All SayÖ?

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
(Psalm 29:4)

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing: He makes the plans of the people of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
(Psalm 33:10-11)

The U. S. Supreme Court has just ended its 1999-2000 term. Now that the Court's decisions on the following cases have come forth, Christian Americans are urged to pray more diligently than ever concerning the upcoming presidential elections. Our next president will shape the Supreme Court with the replacement of at least two, if not three or four, justices. Out of 74 decisions issued by the Supreme Court this past term, 21 were decided by a slim 5-4 vote. Lord, awaken your Church to PRAY!

Santa Fe (TX) Independent School District vs. Doe

On Monday, June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Santa Fe (TX) Independent School District vs. Doe that student-led prayer at public school stadiums may not take place. In a scathing dissent, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, stated, "Even more disturbing than its holding is the tone of the Court's opinion. It bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." This unfortunate and misguided ruling does not mean that prayers before public school athletic events will cease altogether. At a press conference, Santa Fe school board member Robin Clayton warned that students couldn't always be controlled in what they say. "Spontaneous things happen, don't they?" she commented.

Stenberg vs. Carhart

On the final day of the 1999-2000 term, by a slim vote of 5-4, the Court struck down a Nebraska law banning partial-birth abortions. With 29 other states having a similar ban in place, this ruling will have far reaching consequences. The Court stated that the ban places an undue burden on the right of a woman to choose an abortion.

In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia expressed his disdain for the decision by stating, "I am optimistic enough to believe that, one day, Stenberg vs. Carhart, will be assigned its rightful place in the history of this Court's jurisprudence beside Korematsu and Dred Scott. The method of killing a human childÖ proscribed by this statute is so horrible that the most clinical description of it evokes a shudder of revulsionÖ The notion that the Constitution of the United StatesÖ prohibits the States from simply banning this visibly brutal means of eliminating our half-born posterity is quite simply absurd."

Court observers noted that Justices Scalia and Clarence Thomas could barely contain their outrage at the Court's ruling.

Hill vs. Colorado

Also on June 28, the Court (6-3) struck a blow against free speech by upholding a law in Colorado that prohibits demonstrators, including prayer activists and sidewalk counselors, from approaching within eight feet of another person, without their consent, near an abortion clinic. "Today's decision is an unprecedented departure from this Court's teachings respecting unpopular speech in public," opined Justice Anthony Kennedy in his dissent to Hill vs. Colorado. [Editor's note: Justice Kennedy surprised many observers with his pro-family and pro-life votes in these two decisions.]

Boys Scouts of America vs. Dale

A positive vote did come forth with the decision in Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale. The Court ruled (5-4) that the Boy Scouts can bar homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders. This decision reverses an earlier New Jersey Supreme Court ruling.

The following was immediately sent out by the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society: "The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church joins its historic partners in the interreligious community to express our disappointment with the Supreme Court's decision allowing the Boy Scouts of America to deny membership to homosexual youth. The General Board of Church and Society, together with the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, The Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, and the Unitarian Universalist Association, had asked the court to uphold the lower court decision in Boy Scouts vs. James DaleÖThe United Methodist ChurchÖ strongly condemns discrimination based on sexual orientation. While the General Board of Church and Society would like to enthusiastically affirm and encourage this continuing partnership of the church and scouting, we cannot due to the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination against gays."

Lord, Teach Us to Pray!

Holy Father, FORGIVE us for not appreciating Your gifts of Your Word and Prayer. Help us to RENEW our love for You in prayer. Let us no longer take these gifts for granted. Cause Your people to fight these rulings by praying at all times, in all situations, and in every place. Let not the haters of God rule over Your people. Let these rulings be a harbinger of what is before America if we continue to elect ungodly leaders. Cause our next President to select Justices who are just and rule in the fear of God (2 Sam 23:2-4; Ps 4:3, 5:1-3, 55:17; Pr 15:29; Is 26:9, 55:6; Rom 12:12; Eph 6:18; Jude 20).

PRO-LIFERS DENIED INJUNCTION AGAINST SUPREME COURT POLICE

Thank you for your prayers last week. Regrettably, Judge Hogan denied the Christian Defense Coalition's request for an injunction against the Supreme Court Police. (See The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert - June 21, 2000)


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