The first line of the Supreme Court ruling this morning in Kennedy v. Bremerton, about a Christian football coach who wanted to pray at midfield after games, is built on two lies. And it only gets worse from there.
Writing for the 6-3 majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, “Joseph Kennedy lost his job as a high school football coach because he knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet prayer of thanks.” He didn’t lose his job; he quit. And there was nothing “quiet” about a prayer he staged for maximal exposure. Today’s decision nullifies the safeguards to church/state separation, including the Lemon Test and the endorsement test, creating an awful situation for students who don’t subscribe to conservative, performative Christianity. It will have the effect of coercing children in public schools to adopt the religion of their coaches if they want to remain on those adults’ good side, whether or not the Religious Right admits it.
Posted, by me, on FB:
Some of us (like me) have been warning about a Theocratic coup taking place and been rebuked for being hysterical. I think it is now very clear that The Federalist Society, a Christian org set up by and for the purpose of eliminating all secular decisions from SCOTUS, has reached critical mass. They are able to achieve their religious exuberance, as a result of philosophical majority and disdain for a century of careful direction, so turning States Of America into a Christian nation. The minority of adherents in The Senate are successful in clearing the path for this goal by simply blocking any attempt to thwart it. Our warnings are being born out as we watch and, within a few years, the transformation to Theocracy will be complete. Anyone denying this truth, after this week, is being ignorant or subversive.
If Christian Theocracy is what you crave then simply do nothing. Your wish is being achieved. If not then vote for Democrats, in November, as they are historically not trying to achieve Christian dominance. They have enabled it but not for societal dominance. If you truly abhor such zealotry then any support for such enabling must end. If it's religious of nature (that is, of god rather than constitution) then it has zero place in any discussion of social matters.
Time to get real, States Of America, or perish in damnation. IMO, no amount of resistance is too strong for stopping Theocratic zealotry.
Do Christians even read the Bible?? From Matthew 6:
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
We saw this coming.
It was coming the minute the radically religious gained a majority of spots on the court.
I'll bet the courts would not support an minority religion on non religious person from similarly coercing students.
Mandatory practices on Sunday morning for example.
Freedom of religion is not just about freedom of religion for the individual, but for the freedom of belief for all of us. It is not just about the freedom of the coach to express himself, but also for all the the other student players who are under tremendous social pressure to join this state-sponsored authority figure in his public display for his individual religion. This decision has weakened the constitutional establishment clause against state-sponsored religion at the expense of others of different beliefs.
There should be no praying at sports events. Not like this was done anyway. If you do pray then do it silently in your head. This reminds me of a time that I told a believer "god sure does like football and baseball games" I did this in mockery and she wanted to use it claiming that I really do believe in god. When it comes to god and sports some people just do not get it.
We no longer have a Supreme Court!!!
We now have a white supremacists Christian fascists are court being used to create and deny the rule of law to suit a very few white men who only care about having and going power and wealth!!!
It is now beyond having any type of moral or ethical consequences for the very few who feel they are the law and above the law!!!
Time to eliminate all Christian Fascists and any other religious groups who want to dominate the majority of us!!!