Did SCOTUS Commit a Sin?
Observing the reactions on my Facebook feed to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, I have been most intrigued by the religious responses that call upon God to have “mercy on us” in this time of apparent tyranny.
Not being a constitutional scholar, I’ve no informed commentary to give on the correctness of the ruling, but I see nothing immoral about mandating the purchase of health insurance. As neither my wife nor my children currently have healthcare coverage, the mandate will obviously affect me, so I don’t speak abstractly or from a distance. Universal healthcare strikes me as a social obligation, and if a mandate is necessary to achieve that and it functions within the framework of the government’s constitutional authority, then so be it. Mandate away!
Now maybe SCOTUS got it wrong. Maybe the mandate really is unconstitutional. As I said, I’m not qualified to answer that question, but I’m pretty sure, constitutional or not, good politics or not, sound economics or not, whatever the mandate is, it’s not a sin, not an act that calls for the heavenly king’s justice. None of the Ten Commandments were violated. None of the Beatitudes were forsaken. It’s not a sign of decadence or wickedness. Even if it’s an overstepping of authority, it’s hardly malicious or calamitous. Recitation of the Kyrie seems out of place, to say the least.