A Christian journalist is warning that Democrats will have an easy time pushing through their radical left agenda if Joe Biden is elected president and chooses to "pack" the U.S. Supreme Court.
While the Democratic presidential nominee has thus far dodged the question, there's concern among many conservatives – religious and otherwise – that he would turn America upside down by caving to his party's socialist platform and flooding the nation's highest court with renegade justices ruling from the bench.
Sue Cyre is a former board member of The Institute on Religion & Democracy and former editor of Theology Matters.
"It is much easier for a handful of justices to implement a radical progressive agenda than it is to convince a majority of 100 senators and 435 representatives to do the progressives' bidding," Cyre writes. "Packing the court would facilitate a progressive hegemony – that is the political reason for packing the court, [and] there is an ideological reason that is even more fundamental: identity politics."
Truth out, moral relativism in
Cyre stresses how many progressives from early on in America's mainline Protestant churches have rejected the objective truth of the Bible in favor of allowing members to determine truth according to their own interpretation from their personal experiences.
She cites statements by now-Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2001 – statements that were brought up in 2009 during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. My hope is that I will take the good from my experiences and extrapolate them further into areas with which I am unfamiliar. I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging, but I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage."
According to Cyre, Sotomayor was arguing that "since there is no objective truth common to all people – but only individual perspectives based on race, gender and sexual orientation – it is essential that every group be represented on the Court …. [And further arguing that] heterosexual white males have ‘rigged the system' in order to maintain their power."
The latter statement, Cyre explains, is an element of Critical Race Theory (CRT), "[which says] those in power have legislated in a way that preserves their power."
This leftist worldview portrays white males as inherently evil and immoral – therefore stripping them from having any legitimate say on moral issues.
"It follows then that the marginalized and oppressed have greater moral authority and a greater ability to see the way truly things are," the Presbyterian leader points out.
Nothing new about the switcheroo …
Objective truth being swapped out in favor of identity politics' subjective truth in America's mainline Protestant churches is something that was initiated long ago, Cyre notes.
"Liberation theology – which began in South America in the 1960s – was based on Marxism's class oppression, claiming only the poor knew truth and could speak truth to power," she writes. "Liberation theology was adapted by women claiming they were the oppressed group and became radical feminist theology. The radical feminists attacked the Bible, declaring it was a record of men's experience of God in patriarchal cultures, and therefore its teachings oppressed woman and other minority groups – the Bible had to be rejected or re-interpreted."
And then victim theology soon replaced God's Word, Cyre says.
"Womanist theologians – who were black feminists – rejected the cross and a historic understanding of salvation, [while] Latina women developed Mujerista theology, and that had yet a different experience of God, [and] LGBT had yet a different experience," she continues.
"Every group that could claim victimhood resulting from Christian teaching based on Scripture became a voice of authority and truth, [and] Church doctrine had to be revamped to reflect the experiences of the various identity groups."
It's here to stay …
Concluding her argument, Cyre laments that court packing – which is partially grounded in Critical Race Theory that came out of Liberation Theology – is an issue that will not fade away any time soon as it attacks the very foundation of America.
"CRT is being taught in schools and academia and corporations, [and] just as the Bible was the source of oppression in the Church and had to be undermined or rejected completely, the Constitution is already being viewed as the source of oppression and must rejected – or at least surmounted and reinterpreted," Cyre explains.
"America has already been condemned as being systemically racist, [as] architects of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence have been decried as irredeemable racists – and their statues toppled."
Cyre offers this final exhortation:
"The Church must directly confront the idols of this age and dismantle them, [because] when the Church fails to confront the idols, it presents Jesus Christ as one version of truth alongside others. The Church must be bold and courageous in challenging the culture's lies – only then will the Church fulfill her calling, regain her strength, and lead the way to reforming and renewing the culture."