Constitutional Catastrophe

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a deadly blow to the last vestiges of morality and, for that matter, to the definition of humanity that existed in American society.

This country was founded on moral principles that are rooted in religious and natural law. The decision of the Supreme Court to legalize the change to morality as it had been traditionally defined has transformed this country into a cesspool of impurity that will affect values of society at large.

The fact that the legal system is used to impose moral values on society is in itself a horror. The claim that this decision is only to protect the individual rights of citizens is disproven by the mere fact that it failed to protect the rights of those who oppose it. It was also noted that the constitutional justification of this decision is extremely debatable.

What is portrayed and presented as a decision that ensures the liberty of an individual is, in fact, a vehicle that will inevitably destroy the social fabric that protects individuals. For the most important element that maintains the health of society is the integrity of the family. Once this is shattered, everyone — including those whom this decision is supposed to protect — will suffer.

Let us not delude ourselves: the fundamental precept of Torah is the acceptance of hashgachah pratis, Divine Providence. This means that our conduct — Jew or non-Jew alike — is reflected in the interplay between the Creator and His Creation.

The Creator set norms for civil behaviors for all of mankind. Those, and none other, are the principles of natural law. Trying to change those norms is pulling the rug out from under our very existence.

It cannot be overstated that it is the duty of the representatives of Orthodox Jewry, on all levels of civil, political and communal life, to do their utmost to have this decision reversed. Ulterior motives, as noble as they might be, are not an excuse for not standing upright and fighting the just cause.

Not taking responsibility in this particular case leaves an indelible mark of redefining the human being’s purpose in the world that Hashem created. Life is a constant choice between chillul Hashem and kiddush Hashem. We ought to make the correct choice.

(Reprinted from Monday’s daily Hamodia)