The ideological war — the war of ideas — and its outcomes determines the course of a nation over the next generation. The ideological war has faced off in the media, pundit circles, on college campuses and the streets. Now it’s arrived at our courts.
Court Ruling on Dakota Pipeline
A district court ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline must be shut down by August 5, 2020 for an environmental review that will continue into 2021.
Court orders a shut down and removal of oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline/ A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down and remove all oil within 30 days, a huge win for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. https://t.co/pqnunJ5Suh
— Indian Country Today (@IndianCountry) July 6, 2020
Latest news about the Dakota Pipeline comes on the heels of the controversy over Mount Rushmore in light of the push to label U.S. monuments as “supremacist.” In 2017, Keystone pipeline protests were also hijacked in part by pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to merge indigenous rights in one part of the world with the claim that Palestinians are indigenous to Israel.
Environmental issues and the debate over Native American legacy aside, South Dakota is undoubtedly on the map over the ideological war.
Court Ruling on ‘Faithless Electors‘
The spotlight on the American electoral system came under attack after the 2016 U.S. presidential election saw Hillary Clinton win the popular vote but lose the presidency to Donald Trump due to the Electoral College system. Last week, the United States Supreme Court addressed that question in part, ruling that states can require “electors” (those who are the voters in the Electoral College) to vote according to the popular vote of their state.
In a unanimous vote, the Supreme Court ruled that states can also penalize or replace electors that violate their pledge to support the winner of their state’s popular vote.
While this addresses the popular vote, it doesn’t address the issue of the Electoral College itself, which the Left has been agitating to get rid of. In recent years, even though the Electoral College was instituted to counteract the “tyranny of the majority,” the Left accuses the institution of being a “relic of slavery,” making the constitutional process for choosing American presidents under review in an already turbulent time.
Court Ruling on Abortion Access
While not directly part of the ideological war issue, the abortion issue is tangled into the ideological war by means of how it fits into a value system with each political party viewing abortion through a different lens. The Left focuses on rights of the mother, while the Right looks at the rights of the unborn.
Last Friday, a federal court struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to place barriers to abortion. While the issues is tangled in insurance logistics, the larger issue framework still falls into the ideological landscape.
Court Ruling on LGBTQ Employment Discrimination
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled 7-2 in favor of the “ministerial exemption” regarding employment discrimination in religious schools.
Under the First Amendment, religious schools are immune from employment discrimination lawsuits brought by employees who function as “ministers” (i.e. teach religion) in these schools since they “serve as a messenger or teacher of its faith.”
Eric Rassbach, who defended the religious schools which were being sued before the court, remarked, “Today is a huge win for religious schools of all faith traditions.”
“The last thing government officials should do is decide who is authorized to teach Catholicism to Catholics or Judaism to Jews,” said Rassbach. “We are glad the Court has resoundingly reaffirmed that churches and synagogues, not government, control who teaches kids about God.”
Within the ideological war, the issue falls between rights of secular class vs. rights of the religious class. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and tolerance, but how does that tolerance fit within an employment capacity where the business owners are practicing their First Amendment rights? The latest ruling is part of the tug-of-war between ideologies.