On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the state of California — and, by extension, other nosy state governments — cannot force nonprofits and charities to disclose the names of their donors to the state, thus protecting donors from vengeful forces who may wish to harm them.
Many critics of the California policy pointed out that the state was specifically targeting donor names from Americans for Prosperity and the Thomas More Law Center. Both groups usually oppose California’s liberal state policies.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion. “We are left to conclude that the Attorney General’s disclosure requirement imposes a widespread burden on donors’ associational rights,” Roberts continued. “And this burden cannot be justified on the ground that the regime is narrowly tailored to investigating charitable wrongdoing.”
Justice Alito concurred, adding, “For the reasons THE CHIEF JUSTICE explains, California’s blunderbuss approach to charitable disclosures fails exacting scrutiny and is facially unconstitutional…The question is not even close.”
In this case, California pursued a policy that was “not even close” to being constitutional — how often have we seen that here in Washington State? The basic rights of free speech and life are constantly under attack by radical pagans who want to shut down dissent and implement anti-faith and anti-life laws universally, by scaring donors with potential boycotts and retribution.
In this era of cancel culture, it is increasingly difficult but nonetheless critical that Washington citizens stand up and challenge the left and power-hungry government officials on their blatant abuses of power. This SCOTUS ruling was absolutely essential for groups like FPIW; many citizens and business owners wish to give to organizations like ours privately. Had California emerged victorious in this lawsuit, donations to nonprofits with similar policy goals would surely have decreased due to the loss of privacy associated with charitable giving, and the fear of being brutally attacked publicly by the radical left.
This is why FPIW stays engaged in all stories affecting faith and families, from right here in Washington and across the country. The California policy reached the highest court in the land; had SCOTUS ruled the other way, many blue states, like Washington would likely have pursued the same tactic as California, using the threat of donor name disclosure as a political weapon to shut down debate and advocacy.
The persecution of Christians is nothing new; anti-Christianity is found in the stories of the Bible itself. But take heart, for we are “persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4: 9).
Our God is with us as we take on the Goliath that is anti-faith!
We are grateful the Supreme Court ruled correctly in this case – but any issue reaching the highest court is at risk of going the wrong way. Therefore, it is essential that when politicians and activists abuse power in Washington, we speak out promptly and courageously. Any threat to life and liberty seen at the local level should be called out. This is not just a fight for policy; it is a fight for our culture so that we may preserve Christian values here in Washington.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -US Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776.
This weekend, we celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence. I can’t think of a better omen for the future of our country than this Supreme Court victory, which protected the freedoms and liberties of all Americans from powers who wish us harm. Our Constitution and United States still work, and FPIW is still here fighting to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
May our Creator, our Father in Heaven, bless you, your family, and friends as together we safely and joyfully celebrate the freedoms and rights that our country’s independence proclaimed as self-evident!