MRFF Advisory Board Member John M. Compere’s (Judge and Brigadier General, US Army, Retired) – “The Hypocritical Hubris of Hobby Lobby”

THE HYPOCRITICAL HUBRIS OF HOBBY LOBBY

The Hobby Lobby, Hemispheres and Mardel Stores advertisement (Reporter-News, July 4) contained manufactured misinformation refuted by independent historians and scholars, major news media, numerous religious freedom organizations and even mainline churches. The misleading ad exploits those who choose not to critically think, question or fact-check. This brazen attempt to deceive readers must not go unchallenged.

The ad’s foremost fabricated falsehood is “Church of the Holy Trinity vs. U.S.,1892 (Unanimous Decision Declaring America a Christian Nation) ” Here is the factual, historical and lawful truth. Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (143 U.S. 457, 1892) is a 125 year old over-ruled case involving a federal labor statute employment contract. It no longer has any lawful effect, was not a case involving religion, and did not represent any ruling on the religious or non-religious status of our nation. Justice David Brewer wrote a comment in the opinion about “unofficial declarations” that say this is a “Christian nation”. Those familiar with judicial opinions know this was only dictum – an observation without any legal effect and not a judicial decision or declaration.

Thereafter, those two words “Christian nation” were so malevolently misused by religious revisionists that Justice Brewer was compelled to write and publish “The United States a Christian Nation” (Winston Company, 1905) which explained his words were simply an observation many Americans tend to be Christians and not a judicial interpretation or ruling. He confirmed historic Constitution separation of church and state and concluded “IN FACT, THE GOVERNMENT AS A LEGAL ORGANIZATION IS INDEPENDENT OF ALL RELIGIONS ”.

The ad failed to truthfully disclose the other case referenced “Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 1844” was overruled 70 years ago and is not the law. See McCollum v. Board of Education (333 U.S. 203, 1948) & Engel v. Vitale (370 U.S. 421, 1962).

The ad failed to truthfully disclose we were created as an independent nation with a secular government (not one based on religion) by the 1787 Constitution which was confirmed by the 1791 First Amendment and settled by the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli. The latter is a publicly recorded international legal document that declared to the world “…THE UNITED STATES IS NOT IN ANY SENSE FOUNDED ON THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION…”. It was negotiated during 1st President George Washington’s administration, unanimously ratified by the US Senate and signed by 2nd President John Adams. The American Consul to Algiers, Joel Barlow (Revolutionary War chaplain & Washington appointee), negotiated the treaty, co-authored the Arabic version signed abroad during Washington’s presidency and authored the English version ratified and signed during Adam’s presidency.

The ad failed to truthfully disclose “In God We Trust” and the pledge of allegiance “under God” were not originated by the Founders, but were phrases added during the anti-communism era of the 1950s, universal terms recognized by all religions, and not exclusive to any religion.

The ad failed to truthfully disclose the Preamble states 6 secular reasons our nation was created for “We The People” (with no mention of religion), the Constitution contains no religious deity references and commands “no religious test ” shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office or public trust, and history documents no public prayers were provided during the 116 days of the secular Constitutional Convention.

The ad failed to truthfully disclose the 1st Amendment provides, respectively, our historic trinity of religious freedoms: freedom from public religion; freedom of private religion provided it does violate the rights of others; and freedom to speak about religion.

The ad failed to truthfully disclose we became the first nation in history to create a Constitution that lawfully protects independent freedom of belief. Our visionary founders, by their actions, knew individual freedom of conscience could not exist without separation of government and religion. Consequently, our religious freedoms flourish in America notwithstanding the hypocritical hubris of the abhorrent ad piously promoting a specious sectarian version of religion reflecting primitive tribalism and clannish rivalry (“Our beliefs are better than your beliefs”).

Unqualified history deniers and revisionists with self-serving religious agendas intentionally ignore and dishonestly dispute the factual, historical and lawful truths. They are entitled to their ill-advised opinions, but never to their own facts, history, law and truth.

The very definition of a republic is a nation “…of laws and not of man. ” – 2nd President JOHN ADAMS (“Thoughts on Government ”, 1776).

“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate,” – 40th President RONALD REAGAN (public speech, Valley Stream, New York, 1984).
JOHN COMPERE
4th generation Abilenian; retired Texas lawyer, US judge and Army airborne officer; Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam); area rancher

 

Click to read as published in Abilene Reporter-News

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8 Comments

  1. Joshua Rownd

    God bless Hobby Lobby as He has already.

  2. G

    Hobby Lobby should be sue for false advertising and deception.

  3. Joshua Rownd

    What false advertising? You just do not like it that they are a Christian owned company.

  4. G

    Read the article again. It was false and deceptive advertising.

    They are against the Affordable Care Act which doesn’t make compassionate human beings whether they belong to a religious denomination or not.

  5. Joshua Rownd

    Well sorry G, the owner of Hobby Lobby does not believe in killing human babies while in the womb, and that is his perogative as a Christian business owner.

  6. G

    No, JR, the owner is subject to the laws of the country that he resides. Funny how people are so sensitive about killing babies in the womb, but don’t hesitate to kill these same babies once they leave the womb in the form of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, air, ground, and sea pollution, guns, denying them affordable/free medical care, and marching off to war..

  7. Tom O

    “What false advertising? You just do not like it that they are a Christian owned company.” (JR, 6:08 PM 7/22)
    NO, we don’t like that Hobby Lobby tries to falsely claim that the US government was founded as a Christian theocracy. As Compere wrote: The ad’s foremost fabricated falsehood is “Church of the Holy Trinity vs. U.S.,1892 (Unanimous Decision Declaring America a Christian Nation)”
    The actual court decision was about applicability to churches of the Alien Contract Labor Law of 1885, whose purpose was to outlaw indentured servitude. Because US protestant churches needed more ministers than US divinity schools could produce to serve a population that was growing very fast through immigration, they had to hire ministers from other countries and payfor their transportation to the US. The court decided that it was not to “be believed that a Congress of the United States intended to make it a misdemeanor for a church of this country to contract for the services of a Christian minister residing in another nation” because such an overwhelming majority of Americans were Christians. As Compere also writes, the SAME Supreme Court justice who wrote that decision explicitly explained his words were simply an observation many Americans tend to be Christians and not a judicial interpretation or ruling. He confirmed historic Constitution separation of church and state and concluded “IN FACT, THE GOVERNMENT AS A LEGAL ORGANIZATION IS INDEPENDENT OF ALL RELIGIONS.
    Hobby Lobby’s advertisement falsely claims the exact opposite: THAT’s the “false advertising” by a supposedly “christian” business that will blatantly lie to get more political power.

  8. Connie

    Tom O – As I understand Dominionist/Dalek thought, it is not ‘lying’ when the other party doesn’t belong to their Secret Squirrel Super Patriot Rambo Jesus club. Their idea of it’s not a bad thing if we don’t do it to our own is… well, I’m not sure how they sleep at night.

    I’ve been accused of situational ethics more than once. This behavior is not on my The Rules. What are they?

    For a Grey chick I’m very black and white about the following things –

    Consent is everything. Founding fathers seemed to think so too, although they took a bit longer to say so.

    Holding oneself up while propping up my teammate allows all of us to succeed. Perhaps my neighbor has some needed skill down the road where the lack means failure for all. I take the long view while keeping an eye on the here/now.
    tl;dr – sharing is important. the idea of ‘THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE’ seems lonely to me.

    Love is more important than the rules. This is where the poop hits the kitty box because love is not always kind and sometimes for the good of all and may it harm none means your heart must break. Take one for the team, as it is said. Still, Love is more important than the rules.

    JR believes love has conditions and terms. Nope, it doesn’t. Either the candle flame is burning or it is not. And the funniest Mobius strip of logic is to celebrate love one must release power only for power to return to you in the form of Love.

    The founding fathers loved this country and loved the idea of a new government. Their mad King George really was not nice – at least not to the Colonies. He saw them as less-than because of the prisoners and indentured servant status. Please remember we were more than just a refuge for a few seeking religious freedom. King G was ridiculous with the rules, many just because it made him and his court happy to see the Colonists jump through bureaucratic hoops.

    In the midst of this stress, landowners risked it all by meeting in coffee shoppes (the horror recalled one outraged citizen) and debating ways and means to create something the world had never seen before.

    Imagine it. Would any of us have the courage to do what these men did? Speak for the many because the few were overbearing, risk censure and worse if their plan failed?

    History isn’t just facts although John Compere certainly presents them in an interesting and logical fashion. There are reasons, recorded in diaries and plays and poetry and art. Look at them and you see a group of brilliant and well educated misfits doing their best to be A Nation.

    Maybe Trump is correct – we need to make America great again. I know he means the 50’s on steroids. I hope the USA would go to 1776 Redux. I’ve no idea what that would look like but dibs on the band name.

    Hope all is well with the readers out there. The JR’s of the world are really tooting their own horn and not being shy about their agenda. If we all are calm and carry on, we will overcome their hateful ways.

    (caveat: I don’t have to like you to love you and Loving you should not be taken as weakness. As a witch and shield maiden my experience of Love is fierce, robust, and violent. Just a thought.)

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