Sonia Sotomayor may be more of a mystery than we once thought.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush, appointed Sotomayor to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Evidently he saw something in her that led him to believe that she was somewhat conservative and not yet turned over to the dark side of the liberal Democrats. She was finally confirmed by the Senate in 1992.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton obviously saw some of Sotomayor’s more liberal rulings and appointed her to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Senate Republicans also saw that she seemed to be turning to the dark side, but it wasn’t enough to stop them from confirming her appointment in 1998.
In 2009, President Barack Obama needed to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He seemed to believe that Sotomayor’s conversion to the dark side was complete and nominated her to the high court to replace Souter. With the Democrats controlling the Senate, there was little problem with her confirmation and she was sworn in to the US Supreme Court on August 8, 2009.
Since her swearing in, Obama has been able to count on Sotomayor’s support for most of the cases that were heard by the high court.
But on Tuesday, Sotomayor made a statement that may indicate that there is still yet a glimmer of hope that she has not been completely converted to the dark lord of liberalism.
A group of Catholic nuns in Colorado had tried to get a religious exemption from having to comply with the contraception mandate but had been turned down by the federal government and the lower courts. They pleaded their case at the list minute, asking the courts to stop them from having to violate their religious beliefs or pay stiff fines beginning on New Year’s Day.
In what I see as a surprise move, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a last minute ruling on Tuesday blocking the implementation of the contraception mandate on the nuns and other religious groups. In her ruling, she stated that employers who object to the contraception mandate for religious reasons should not be forced to comply and violate their faith, at least at this time. She indicated that the Supreme Court will be taking this issue up sometime this year to finally resolve the conflicts, but until then, she does not believe that religious employers should be forced to comply or pay the huge fines.
This is definitely what the emperor of the dark side did not want to hear. Part of his goal with the contraception mandate is to crush religion, especially Christianity, in America. He wants to snap the backbone of Christianity so he can replace its role with the rigid steel rods of socialism. If the contraception mandate is held up by the courts, then no Christian church or organization will be safe from his tyrannical rulings. They will lose their tax exemptions and be force to teach what the state tells them to teach.
Now the question is, when the issue does come up before the Supreme Court, how will Sotomayor rule? Will she rule to preserve the First Amendment rights of Americans businesses and churches or will she reveal that indeed she has turned over to the dark side? Her vote could make all the difference.