Monday, June 11, 2018

25 years ago: U.S. Supreme Court supports Santeria ritual animal sacrifice

On June 11, 1993, the United States Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah that the Florida city's statute prohibiting "unnecessar[y]" killing of "an animal in a public or private ritual or ceremony not for the primary purpose of food consumption" violated the religious freedom of Santeria, a mixture of Roman Catholicism and Yoruba religion whose adherents were mainly to be found in the Caribbean area.

I'm not particularly interested in the convoluted reasoning behind the ruling in this case, because it's the observation of this blogger that both the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts over the last few decades have made their decisions in accord with the agenda that they've been pursuing, and have invented legal justifications to support the decisions they were going to make, anyway. It's worth noting, however, that the U.S. Supreme Court seemed much more enthusiastic in defending the rights of a pagan religion that was a recent import into the United States than in defending the rights of the Christianity which had so much influence on the founding and history of the country.

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