Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too

Confusing response seemed to sympathize with those who held moral objections against Supreme Court decisions
Justice Anthony Kennedy's official SCOTUS portrait

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s official SCOTUS portrait

The following comes from an October 29 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign.

The judge’s comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral beliefs.

Kennedy replied that no, they do not have the right to refuse to comply with the law.

Curiously, Kennedy cited as buttressing his point the fact that few judges resigned under the Third Reich. “How many judges, do you think, resigned in the Third Reich?” Kennedy asked, to the response of silence in the great hall. He answered his own question by raising three fingers.

At one point, his words made quitting sound noble: “Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something they view as morally wrong, in order to make a point.”

The justice admitted that Christians who must “enforce a law that they believe is morally corrupt” face “difficult moral questions.” “However,” he said, “the rule of law is that, as a public official, in performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law.”

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  1. Well at least he is making the proper analogy …..we are living in what is very close to police state….

  2. Deacon Craig Anderson says:

    What diocese does “Justice” Kennedy reside in?
    It seems we should pray for his bishop and encourage his bishop to charitably, but clearly, confront Mr. Kennedy about, among other things, his view that no Catholics or other Christians nor Jews (nor Muslims, for that matter) should work for the government. That’s an outrageous claim coming from a Catholic “in good standing” in a position of great political power. Like many deacons, I have a secular profession working for a government. Yet, the truth is (and I will always preach and teach) that marriage is one man and one woman, regardless of what Kennedy or Caesar threaten with.

  3. Unbelievable! So he thinks we should just turn our country over to judges who make unfair, unnatural and evil laws. No we are not.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      I agree Ann T. His comments are not at all what this country originated with.

    • Nonsense. Justice Kennedy’s position is perfectly compatible with Catholic theology and tradition. I would remind Cal Catholic readers that no less than St. Thomas More made the same choice. He resigned his position as Chancellor of England when he could not enforce the laws in good conscience when King Henry XIII declared himself head of the Church of England.

      St. Thomas More was also well aware his successor would comply with King Henry, but St. Thomas More recognized that his position as Chancellor came under man’s law, and that he had to use valid worldly authority to exercise those powers. Those other individuals must CHOOSE to obey God, and we are not allowed to force obedience at the point of a sword or gun (which,…

  4. Linda Maria says:

    Justice Kennedy is the one who should take his own advice– and resign his job! After all, does he not consider himself to be a true Christian, and a man of integrity, with the courage of his convictions??

  5. John Patrick says:

    Sounds as if the Justice is comparing himself to Hitler. Well, if the shoe fits, wear it. This atheist is attempting to eliminate all religious persons from the Government service. He does not believe in the US Constitution nor the First Amendment to the US Constitution. He is destroying the Constitution. None of the Founders would have agreed to the Constitution ratification if they had known dictators on the Supreme Court could make law from the bench.

  6. John Patrick says:

    Might add that many German soldiers and policemen who opposed mass murder, which was ordered by the German Government, refused to carry out liquidations and were reassigned. Germans under Hitler and Himmler seem more sensitive to rights than Justice Kennedy who is totally corrupt.

  7. Steve Phoenix says:

    Yes, and if you “quit”, resign, and walk away from an institution, you abandon it even more so to the power-takeover of the radical atheist left. Brilliant thinking, Justice Kennedy.

    I notice you didn’t abandon and resign from your post, even though you have become totally compromised in faith vs. public practice.

    • Linda Maria says:

      Kennedy is responsible for the recent Supreme Court decision, for gay “marriage!” If he still calls himself a “Catholic,” where in the world is our True Church– to sternly advise and excommunicate this man, if he refuses to accept our True Faith, and repent? He is DESTROYING OUR NATION!!

  8. There should be an accommodation for those with religious convictions.
    US Constitution, Amendment 1 – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    And this goes for Kennedy’s penchant for legislating from the bench as well.

    Telling people they can not be employed by any Government to serve the people, and make a living is Satanic, and discriminatory.

  9. Kennedy (a Catholic) is certainly in a position of power on earth – one which he does not deserve due to his history of writing legislation from the Bench in violation of the Constitution.

    However, if he does not repent for his mortal sins – he will surely spend eternity in Hell.
    Scandal is a Mortal Sin.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else, but no genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgiven – not excused or sublimated. By Fulton Sheen

  10. CCC: ” 2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion.
    Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals
    and the corruption of religious practice, or to social conditions that, intentionally or not,
    make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible. ……..”
    Scandal is a Mortal Sin.

  11. CCC: ” 1903 Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it.
    If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience.
    In such a case, authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse.”

  12. Kennedy and cohorts are the root of the problem for upholding immoral actions.

    Since he advertises himself as a Roman Catholic, does that mean that he should quit the Bench, quit voting in favor of immoral and unjust laws, or leave the Catholic Church?

    Kennedy does not deserve our respect. Eventually Americans will stand up and defy the Supreme Court and other Courts for their immoral and unjust laws.

  13. It almost sounds like Kennedy is comparing the US Supreme Court to Hitler. Scary.

  14. Let me get this straight. I don’t like the law I change it. You don’t like the law get over it. My what a set of black robes can do for the intellect.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Kennedy doesnt’ change the law, he (with his fellow justices) say what the law MEANS. That is their role. If you don’t like what he says the law means, you can change the law. Civics 101.

      • Linda Maria says:

        YFC– He DID change the law!

      • Linda Maria says:

        YFC– Your American Civics knowledge is very sad! No– we Americans have no control over the decisions of the Supreme Court!

      • Kennedy did not tell us what the law meant, to arrive at his meaning he had to change the very definition of the what marriage has meant in history. His very approach to the subject turns the rule of law upside down. Just for the record a good definition of the rule of law is: All parties entering the court room know and understand what the law is, only the facts concerning the case are in dispute. When the very meaning of words in the law are left to justices to interpret as they please this is the rule of man, the very destruction of what he claims to be upholding.

      • Kennedy did change the law as the only marriages that were accepted by the Constitution’s signers and the laws of the nation at that time were those between one man and one woman. THAT is what they had in mind. Homosexual acts were forbidden by law at that time.

    • Linda Maria says:

      YES!! And he is a dangerous man, destroying our Nation, all for selfish, libertarian hedonism!

    • Linda Maria says:

      In my above post, which starts out with “Yes!!” I was responding to the post of Jake. Our Supreme Court of today– is a FRAUD!!

  15. Kennedy himself should not have left himself off the hook. He should have resigned before casting the vote on the homosexual marriage decision – shameful!

    • Steve Seitz says:

      . . . at the very least, he could have abstained from voting if he was in a moral quandary. Instead, he advocated for evil.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Who said he was in a moral quandary? Besides, ruling that something is unconstitutional is not the same as “advocat[ing] for evil”, and if you try to follow the reasoning in his opinions you see that he calls catholics (and all Americans) to practice what they preach: Treat LGBT people with dignity and respect.

        • So-called marriages between two men and two woman ARE themselves unconstitutional, not the other way around. The signers DID NOT accept them.

  16. Clinton R. says:

    Welcome to Obama’s America. Where faithful Catholics are crushed under his boot. This nation is becoming more and more odious to God with every passing day.

  17. Michael McDermott says:

    It is eerily fitting that the likes of ‘El Supremo Kennedy’ (big tony) would invoke the spirit of his mentor Ernst Rohm, during this latest attempt to beat the population in to submission to the sick hatreds and vile perversions at the core of the buggery for brunch crowd.

    After all – Pander or Perish = the Gospel of the Gaystapo, and Kennedy embodies this arrogant bigoted ignorance as well as any Male on the Court (lets leave The Kagan and Wisegal Latinas for later), particularly in his smug self righteous manner in which he places himself above the common herd driven by irrational fears like ‘Ism-Obia’. Ahem

    While author Johan Hari has provided a powerful article digging right to the bone of the rivalry amongst the Homo-Nazi…

  18. Michael McDermott says:

    SEE
    The Strange, Strange Story of Gay Fascists.- by Johann Hari.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-strange-strange-story_b_136697.html
    &
    “Ernst Rohm – Hitler’s SA Chief of Staff” by Eleanor Hancock
    http://www.amazon.com/…/0230604021/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm…

    Like Rohm’s modern ‘happy’ counterparts. Rohm adored the same ‘Conga Line of Buggery’ as has spread so much death and disease worldwide today, saying:

    “The Bath House is… in my view the peak of all human happiness. At any rate the type and manner of intercourse there pleased me exceptionally.” (P-89)

    One of the more telling quotes from the book could have taken place in any number of meat joints in Frisco, or Hollywerid or CA High Schools – and Now is…

    • Michael McDermott says:

      In her book Hancock recounts how Once- at the homosex nightclub Eldorado:
      “A Transvestite Hostess sat down at the table and began to talk to Rohm and a companion about a party they had been to together…
      When (Rohm’s companion) later commented at the indiscreetness of such an
      approach by an ex-client in front of a stranger,

      “Rohm, who normally was open and unashamed about his pickups and enjoyed joking about his ‘weakness’ was suddenly huffy.
      ‘ I am Not His Client. I am His Commanding Officer.’ he said with
      complete seriousness.
      ‘He is one of My Stormtroopers.’ ” (P-89)

      At least Rohm was honest enough to admit that Drag Queens Can Not Change Gender and preferred the Homo-Anao Coprohile cult as superior in their…

  19. Linda Maria says:

    Justice Kennedy is one of the dangerous, libertarian “hippies” that thinks life revolves around “me,” “me,” “me,” and my hedonist “rights! Regardless of the highest welfare of a Nation! And regardless of what is TRULY RIGHT, MORALLY, in the eyes of God!! He wrote of Marriage, in the recent, fraudulent Supreme Court decision, as if it were only a mere excuse for any lonely person to satisfy needs for human love! Shallow, babyish, and immoral! This is NOT our TRUE AMERICA!!

  20. The US is a Republic [not Republican], not a theocracy. Many of the original European settlers were fleeing countries with Government established religions.
    A fundamental fabric of US government is that no religion dictates the secular law. I agree that , if one believes Church law should dominate, then that individual has to resign a secular position if secular law is at variance from Church law.
    Do we really want the USCCB confirming nominations to the Federal Courts, including the Supremes?

    • Linda Maria says:

      To Mike M.– Don’t forget, our Nation was NOT founded on atheist principles! It is just that all people here, are welcome to worship as they choose! Our Founding Fathers all believed in God, and lived by Biblical truths! Our Nation was founded on Judeo-Christian Biblical teachings, and in those teachings, America will forever find her Truth!

  21. Linda Maria says:

    America must open her eyes, blinded by “HIPPIE HEDONIST FRAUD!!” God loves His children very much, and He gave us each different vocations, different ways to serve Him, and to walk towards our goal, of Heaven!! Christian Marriage is a beautiful vocation– the very cornerstone of all civilization, and of our Church! Not all are called to it, however! There is only ONE way to True Happiness, and that is though faith in Christ! Seek to follow Him, in faith, and it will set everyone’s life straight, for true happiness, health, and well-being!! The Christ-like life, of responsibility, maturity, selfless love, goodness, and virtue! Always ignore the Devil, with his DECEITFUL LIES, SELF-DESTRUCTIVE HEDONISM, and SIN!! It always leads…

  22. Linda Maria says:

    I will finish, with my post, above. The lies and deceits of the Devil, always leads to endless suffering and eventual death, after the first deceptive, pleasant taste of sin. It is like taking poisoned candy! If one follows Christ, walking patiently and in faith with Him, through all the lonesome valleys and dark times of sadness and pain– one will eventually find all one ever could possibly dream of, in total happiness and well-being! All of Christ’s promises to us, will be TOTALLY FULFILLED!!

  23. Michael McDermott says:

    Like ussr ‘justice’ tony kennedy’s “Good Germans” – who willingly pander to evil for their own benefit, the story of August Landmesser is a warning for those of Conscience.
    He eventually Died in Dachau – opened by hitlers homosex terrorist ephebophile boyfriend Ernst Rohm, who founded the ‘hitler youth’ after destroying the Boy Scouts.
    SEE
    A lone man refusing to do the Nazi salute, 1936

    http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/lone-man-refusing-nazi-salute-1936/

    A lone man refusing to do the “Sieg Heil” salute at the launching of the Horst Wessel in Nazi Germany, 1936
    he photo was taken at the launch of a German army vessel in 1936, during a ceremony that was attended by Adolf Hitler himself.
    Within the picture a lone man stood with…

  24. Maryanne Leonard says:

    Some people place law as written by Americans above that of the laws of God, as brought to us by Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Those who choose to answer to their fellow Americans will not thereby avoid ultimately having to answer to God. As children, we were taught to obey the laws of our country as well as the laws of God. In a country as lost as ours, that is no longer possible. In recent years, laws are widely broken and sometimes changed. Even the Catholic Church has often and openly disregarded the law, especially as regards illegal aliens. As a result, many people feeling rudderless and freed to pick and choose regarding such things as abortion, divorce, and speed limits, resulting in legal and moral confusion and chaos in…

  25. Judges with convictions should resign, Justice Kennedy, to make way for those who uphold the law rather than impose their convictions on the people. Stay on until the next Republican president, and then DO go softly into that gentle goodnight of retirement.

    • Fr. Perozich, how can following the example of St.Thomas More be immoral or ungodly? Remember that St. Thomas More RESIGNED his Chancellorship (top legal officer in England) when he believed he could not enforce the law in good conscience. He still spoke out against King Henry VIII, and this is why St. Thomas More was beheaded. But, St. Thomas More DID NOT attempt to use worldly legal force to compel others to choose to obey God.

      Remember that St. Thomas More’s choice in this matter was validated by God through at least three miracles performed through his intercession.

  26. Michael McDermott says:

    CA Assembly Bill 987
    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0951-1000/ab_987_cfa_20150701_170346_asm_floor.html

    SUMMARY: Revises provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) related to employee requests for accommodation.

    Specifically, this bill: 1)Makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer or other covered entity to retaliate or otherwise discriminate against a person for “requesting” an accommodation for physical or mental disability or religious belief or observance, regardless of whether the request was granted…

    COMMENTS: This legislation is in response to a recent California Court of Appeal decision in Rope v. Auto-Clor System of Washington, Inc., 220 Cal. App. 4th 635 (2013).

  27. There should be a procedure by which Congress, or We the People can remove evil persons from our Supreme Court Justice positions. One where they receive no pensions nor separation pay, one where they lose all of their retirement privileges and other benefits that go along with the position including title. If the damage they have caused is great harm to the US and its constitution, then they should be tried for subversion of the US government.

    I find it so incredible that creeps like this are lifted to such high-levels of leadership in our nation. It goes to show the morons that nominate and approve of their filling those high positions.

  28. Abeca Christian says:

    “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.” Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheenu

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