Supreme Court Throws Out Establishment Clause With Public Prayer Ruling

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At this nation’s founding, Thomas Jefferson was very specific that the reason for the Establishment Clause in the 1st Amendment was to prevent Christians from exerting their will on the young nation’s government, and to the Founding Fathers’ credit, their insistence on a secular government served this nation’s people well for 227 years. Over the past thirty years, since Republican demigod Ronald Reagan aligned himself with a Christian movement known as Dominionism and gave them the keys to government, the religious right plotted to impose theocracy on the people by demolishing the Constitution. Yesterday, Dominionists on the Supreme Court all but eliminated the last vestige of the Separation and Establishment Clause and setup Christianity as a government institution the five conservatives on the Court justified as “tradition.” The only tradition remotely related to the High Court’s ruling was eradicating the tradition of America with a secular government set out by the Founding Fathers and Constitution’s Framers, and created the opening Christian Dominionists cheered as they prepare for their impending Christian government.

When Americans in the near future look back and wonder how, why, and when their democracy was lost to theocracy, and the Constitution replaced with the bible, they can look back at the Court’s ruling as a pivotal moment, not the deciding moment, in democracy’s demise but a very significant one all the same. The Court’s decision is another advancement of Dominionist theology that over the past five years took advantage of dirty racists’ hatred of Barack Obama to set about culminating a thirty-year crusade to establish a Christian nation. All the  while, most on the left demurred and counseled those warning of government by religion to “find common ground and dialogue with the religious right and Dominionists” about how to move forward “together” to save America.  There is no such thing as common ground with evangelical extremists or Dominionists, or any chance of saving America as a secular nation after the Supreme Court ruled in The Town of Greece v. Galloway. The Christian majority ruled that opening government meetings with blatantly sectarian (Christian) prayers is constitutional, and that separation between church and state is a myth.

Writing for the Supreme Court’s Christian majority, Anthony Kennedy said “since the framing of the Constitution, legislative prayer lends gravity to public business, reminds lawmakers to transcend petty differences in pursuit of a higher purpose, and ex­presses a common aspiration to a just and peaceful society.” Kennedy’s pathetic ignorance of the Separation Clause was evidenced by his opinion that there were “traditional ties between religion and government that date back to the nation’s earliest days,” regardless of the Founders’ intent there were never to be any ties between religion and government. Kennedy also abandoned earlier rulings that prayers at government meetings were to be nonsectarian saying, “to hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force legislatures that ‘sponsor prayers’ to involve government in religious matters” to a far greater degree than the town’s current practice of scheduling exclusively Christian prayers in advance.

The case only went to the High Court because the Town of Greece started its public meetings with a prayer from “a chaplain of the month” who was always a Christian and used distinctly Christian sectarian language such as “the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross,” “your son Jesus Christ,” and “our lord and savior Jesus Christ” to note just a sampling of all prayers at public meetings.  Justice Elena Kagan, in writing for the minority, said “No one can fairly read the prayers from Greece’s town meetings as anything other than explicitly Christian, constantly and exclusively so.” The Dominionist majority opinion said that is what makes the government meeting prayers so brilliantly constitutional; they are explicitly, constantly, and exclusively Christian as was Founders intent as an American tradition.

Kennedy also wrote that Christian prayers at government meetings “reflect the values long part of the nation’s heritage” putting the full force and weight of the nation’s highest court behind evangelical extremists’ assertions that America was founded, by design of the Constitution’s Framers, as a Christian nation governed by the Christian bible. It is highly probable that Kennedy subscribes to the David Barton revisionist history, and Republican evangelicals absurd assertion, that god founded America as a Christian nation at the precise moment he delivered his handwritten copy of the Constitution to the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the rest of the secularists who founded this nation would take exception to Kennedy’s opinion for the Christian majority. A constitutional law professor at the University of California at Irvine, Erwin Chemerinsky, said that the ruling “allows cities to be more visibly aligned with a particular (Christian) religion than ever before,” and that the Dominionist ruling “is a significant further erosion of the wall separating church and state;” a separation evangelical extremists claim, and the Dominionist court just confirmed, is non-existent. Thomas Jefferson would vehemently disagree.

This Court’s gift to Dominionists and the religious right is another direct assault on the Founders’ intent that America is a secular nation and that government cannot give special privileges, or establish any sectarian religious belief. Just three days ago it was reported here that an Alabama Supreme Court Justice stated the First Amendment only applies to Christians, and the High Court is set to rule on whether “exercise of religion” is the death knell of the 14th Amendment.  Last week at a Republican candidate forum to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, the event hosted by the Family Leader enlisted four candidates who declared their unwavering support for America ruled by biblical law, including confirming only prospective jurists who would rule according to biblical principles.

In states, primarily southern bible-belt states, Republicans blatantly flaunt the Establishment and Separation Clause by stealing money for public schools and giving it to private Christian schools. In many of the same states, bible creationism is taught as established science and science is castigated as an assault on religion and a liberal plot to indoctrinate students. Every year across America Christian preachers video-tape themselves campaigning for Republicans from the pulpit and send the tapes to the Internal Revenue Service daring them to revoke their tax-exempt status with the express purpose of going before the Dominionist Court to sanction the IRS for violating church religious liberty. All of the Christian Dominionists, and many are not evangelical extremists, have the same intent of enticing the government to challenge their actions in court so the Dominionist Supreme Court will rule taxpayer money for private religious instruction, teaching the bible as science, holding teacher-led Christian prayers, and campaigning from the pulpit is constitutional.

When will Dominionists and evangelical extremists stop their crusade to completely shred the Constitution and replace it with a bible?  If one listens to the chorus on the left cheering the religious right’s demise and claiming America as a secular nation has never been safer, evangelical extremists and Dominionists pose no threat whatsoever even as a constitutional law professor said yesterday’s ruling “is a significant further erosion of the wall separating church and state.” But what does a constitutional law professor know that pie-in-the-sky liberals do not  because they seek “common ground with religious right extremists and Dominionists” about how to save America. Too late.

21 Replies to “Supreme Court Throws Out Establishment Clause With Public Prayer Ruling”

  1. Anything beyond a Moment of Silence is clearly UNconstitutional.

    Sorry, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito & Kennedy – I got nothing less than our Founding Fathers on my side!

  2. “There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”- Thomas Jefferson

    Th​es​e​ delusional fool​s​ believe in a talking snake, an apple, a rib but ​not ​the U.S. Constitution? As ​it is said; ignorance is the root of all evil and the Supreme Court has proven this statement to be true.

    The interpretation of the bible is open to interpretation.​ The U.S. Constitution is not.​

  3. It is hard to believe that a book full of ancient campfire stories has this much impact on modern society.

    Most of the Bible was passed on by word-of-mouth long before it was written down but, according to Christian fundamentalists, it is the infallible word of God.

    Of course, the real problem is that even the various Christian denominations can’t agree on which version of this infallible book is the correct one.

    I have to wonder which denomination would win in the end. Will we be a Baptist, American Baptist, Southern Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Unitarian, etc. nation?

    This should be enough to get any progressive minded person out of the house to vote in every single election from dogcatcher to President.

    I believe there are many more of us than them and it is about time we show them.

  4. This fundamentalistic conservative Roberts SCOTUS has been by far the most damaging SCOTUS in my lifetime. Scalia and Thomas need to be disbarred and de-benched for ethics violations. Roberts, Alito and Kennedy need to either grow some balls to stand up to the fundamentalist crowd or take off the blinders. All 5 of them need to be ashamed of how they have collectively and callously compromised our Constitution. They, as much as evangelistic pastors, right-wing pundits, and Tea Party politicians, are to blame for the rapid demise of American egalitarian culture, which, by extension, dismisses the lives of those who died in the fight for equal rights, both civil and social, in this country.

  5. This from the same people who bitch LOUDLY at even the merest hint of sharia law. The steak is for the xtians and the rest can eat scraps from the floor… apparently.

  6. If so called Christians continue on the course they are now on, entering the realm of politics, I believe they should be paying taxes, as do the majority of people in this country. Non profit status should no longer apply. This country is backsliding into the country(s) that was the reason for the United States to be founded in the first place. I thought we should be moving forward, but it seems many are fixated on the far past.

  7. The US hasn’t gone through the sheer destruction that religious extremism has caused in Europe with massive inquisitions, witch burnings, exterminations, & endless wars in the name of god. It took 1500 years for Europe to finally become largely secular, barring some pockets of religious extremism. It took the final kick in the ass that was WWII & again in Bosnia.

    The US is perpetually an adolescent. The people who populate this country were too much for Europe, which was pretty extreme in the 1600s. They came over angry, bitter & itching for a fight. Ostensibly for “freedom” but they perpetuated the same restrictions, intolerance and persecution that they decried against.

    The US has not had enough devastating wars on its own soil yet to learn the perils of extremism, so many people engage in fantasy thinking, wishing for end times without knowing what the hell that really entails. People get sick of religion when religion brings too much destruction

  8. It might be so if the majority of the Xtians weren’t piss poor living off of welfare and oh so certain that it’s only those OTHERS who marched down to the food stamp office and signed up for free lunch so that they wouldn’t go hungry.

  9. For this SCOTUS with the destruction minded judges continuing on their kiss ass Koch crusade, the monetary persuasion from these outside sources must be what drives them to destroy the constitution. Thanks asshats. If the repugs gain control of the house and senate in 2014, this will no longer be our home.

  10. Jefferson had nothing to do with the framing of the Constitution. Your opening sentence is a non sequitur.

  11. When I clicked to print this article, a Franklin Graham petition came up. How cheap and pathetic of him!

  12. I Googled it and you’re telling the truth, interesting, I wouldn’t have thought he would do that, but, he did.

  13. The Supreme Court Is Wrong: Public Prayer Is Always Coercion This is a story that the Rude Pundit has told before, but, heck, that was probably years ago, so let’s tell it again: It was the Rude Pundit’s sophomore year of high school, an October day, possibly… probably… hard to remember. But this public school always started the day the same way: we were in homeroom, we got the announcements through the speakers, and then the announcer said, “Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.” We took our oath to the fabric on a stick on the wall. Then the announcer said, “Please remain standing for a moment of silent prayer.” – See more at:

  14. Patrick Henry
    Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution

    “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
    –The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.

  15. It is high time the left in this country practices tolerance. So if you attend one of these events – you are invited to practice a moment of silence while you simmer. It is called manners. Goodness knows that I’ve practiced much while the left tears down the foundation and fabric of this country.

  16. Yes, the left are restricting votes, tearing womens rights into nothing, doing nothing for jobs and costing the country billions by their inaction.

    Opps, sorry, thats the republicans. Feck off Mike

  17. BTW Mike, right wing nut jobs are not the only christians here. Many on the left are xtians as well. However they know that the religion and the government dont mix unless you like sharia law.

    Opps, again, sharia law is the republicans

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