Religious Right Leader Argues that Supreme Court Should Overrule God

Tsk, Tsk. These little tikes didn't read their Bibles
Tsk, Tsk. These little tikes didn’t read their Bibles

The list of Religious Right attacks on our freedoms – both religious and otherwise – is almost endless. And now it is approaching graduation time – which means enforced prayer time for many.

Which means we find Matt Barber, Associate Dean at Liberty University School of Law, for whom intolerance is a profession (see his bio at GLAAD), complaining at World Net Daily that we resist having religion shoved down our throats at public school graduation ceremonies:

Yet as surely as the stink bug infests Virginia in May, spring brings with it a swarm of secularist bullies in the public schools. At once agitated and aided by left-wing extremist groups like the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United and People for the American Way, these anti-Christian segregationists seek to remove God from graduation altogether and intimidate His faithful into silence.

Segregationists. Really?

Coming from the Religious Right, which actively promotes segregation, not only along religious but ethnic lines, that charge is laughable.

Barber crows about “his” victory over “anti-Christian stinkbugs” in Adler v. Duval County School Board:

In a precedent-setting case against the ACLU that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Adler v. Duval County School Board, Liberty Counsel defended the right of students to pray or give religious messages at graduation. The case established the legal principle that public schools are free to adopt a policy that permits students or other speakers to present either secular or religious messages, including prayer, at commencement ceremonies.

In fact, as Americans United explains the case, Adler v. Duval County School Board (1996) was not all that dramatic: “In October 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the en banc ruling and remanded the case for further consideration in light of its Santa Fe decision.”

In Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000), the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against student initiative prayer at high school football games as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Writing for the majority, Justice Stevens wrote that these student-initiated prayers, when delivered “on school property, at school-sponsored events, over the school’s public address system, by a speaker representing the student body, under the supervision of school faculty, and pursuant to a school policy that explicitly and implicitly encourages public prayer is not properly characterized as “private” speech.” It is public.

As Stevens pointed out, “Regardless of the listener’s support for, or objection to, the message, an objective Santa Fe High School student will unquestionably perceive the inevitable pregame prayer as stamped with her school’s seal of approval.”

Adler v. Duval County School Board was eventually decided by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. And in fact, as Fox News reported at the time,

The Supreme Court ordered the Atlanta-based appeals court to rethink the case in light of the high court’s decision in 2000 to bar student-led prayers at public high school football games.

So Barber is implying a Supreme Court victory which never took place (In fact, his cause took one on the chin in the Santa Fe ruling) but he implied the Supreme Court agreed with him, which it very pointedly did not, as you can see from its Santa Fe ruling and its recommendation to the 11th Circuit.

And here we thought lying was a violation of the Ten Commandments Barber wants to shove down all our throats.

And in fact, things get worse for Barber. As the Pew Research Center relates,

Other courts, however, have invalidated school policies that permit student speakers to include religious sentiments in graduation addresses. One leading case is ACLU v. Black Horse Pike Regional Board of Education (1996), in which the senior class of a New Jersey public high school selected the student speaker by a vote without knowing in advance the contents of the student’s remarks.The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nevertheless ruled that the high school could not permit religious content in the commencement speech.The court reasoned that students attending the graduation ceremony were as coerced to acquiesce in a student-led prayer as they would be if the prayer were offered by a member of the clergy, the practice forbidden by Weisman in 1992. (Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who was then a member of the appeals court, joined a dissenting opinion in the case, arguing that the graduating students’ rights to religious and expressive freedom should prevail over the Establishment Clause concerns.)

Similarly, in Bannon v. School District of Palm Beach County (2004), the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Florida school officials were right to order the removal of student-created religious messages and symbols from a school beautification project.The court reasoned that the project was not intended as a forum for the expression of students’ private views but rather as a school activity for which school officials would be held responsible.

But what makes all this more interesting is that even while claiming a Supreme Court victory, Barber has said if the Supreme Court validates marriage equality that “This Supreme Court will no longer be legitimate.”

So Barber is promoting judicial relativism, where courts are legitimate only if they rule the way he wants them to rule, otherwise they don’t count. Do Supreme Court rulings count or not? This matters, because Ben Carson has said POTUS can ignore SCOTUS at whim.

Barber apparently agrees with Carson. And Mike Huckabee has said that the Supreme Court can’t overrule God.

At this point, a majority of Religious Right leaders seem to have agreed to ignore anything the Supreme Court rules if it is not to their liking.

In the event the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, you have to wonder what Barber is thinking if he doesn’t reconsider his professional choices, arguing cases before a court that he doesn’t consider legitimate in the first place. Shouldn’t he be taking his case to church instead, which is the proper venue for all those prayers in the first place?

After all, the guy Barber claims to follow, Jesus, said only hypocrites pray in public, and that therefore his followers should pray in private (Matthew 6:5-6):

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

If the Supreme Court can’t overrule God, why is Barber arguing that they should? Barber says, “Let’s give these anti-Christian stink bugs a mouthful of constitutional bug spray,” but the guy he is really spraying is Jesus.

28 Replies to “Religious Right Leader Argues that Supreme Court Should Overrule God”

  1. Spraying Jesus, Spraying stink Bug, what’s the difference?

    Religion, Republicans, Right-wingers; all one thing in common: Double Standards.

    They all get called out on their double standards and they’re being ‘persecuted’.

    And they wonder why there are such things as: Atheists, Democrats, and Left-wingers. Wonderings usually involving denigration, and ad hominem attacks.

    By their actions Ye Shall Know Them.

  2. “Do not be like the hypocrites” perfectly describes them. The laws of the land and the bible are trampled on equally by these same people who most vigorously pretend to honor the flag and the lord.

    They mock the very things they stand for. Always reach new levels of absurdity daily.

    Walker, with no degree, isn’t a concern for them, and they call it elitist to have an education. No law degree and making laws is not elitist.

  3. I think these religious extremists need to learn that the Bible is not a manifesto for hatred and ignominy.

  4. Evangelicals are the biggest liars in the country. They are making us the laughingstock of the world.

    They would rather believe in their conspiracy theories and persecution complexes than use common sense and decent values. Christians are too stupid to realize that they are being played by the Kochs and their likeminded ilk to take the focus off their sneaky and evil takeover of the country.

  5. What I enjoy the most about maw-breathers (like Barber) is how in one breath, they can articulate their bigotry, with “big words” (re: Sister Sara’s ‘perambulations’) and in the next, jump up and down in a Donald Duck rant because their team, “team intolerance” lost ground on the constitutional playing field where the rules apply to everyone
    …and, to top it off, they scream foul threatening everyone that THEIR sky god will eventually fix the “game” for them, by sending some dead man who will show up in the last moments of the game and score final points for their team.

    Bwakk-bwak-baaw-bukbuk…(the sound of a frustrated rooster named Matt Barber struttin’ around poking the ground over nothing)

  6. Cant wait to see their reaction when a student offers a prayer to the flying spaghetti monster. Then we will know how much they value so-called religious freedom

  7. What has the Constitution got to do with God?
    What has God got to do with the Constitution?

  8. Until they realize that hatred is not “righteous spiritual love” that won’t happen. So basically never, ever, ever, ever. *sighs*

  9. If the anti-God crowd doesn’t like Christian prayer in public schools at all, then stop allowing Luciferianism to be taught in public schools.

    And don’t be foolish and act like Luciferianism (Evolution) isn’t being taught in public schools. The first Amendment actually protects the teaching of both beliefs.

    But this whole prayer in school argument has turned into one side hating God and the other side hating the devil, and the first amendment got lost in the shuffle a long time ago.

    What ever happen to just teaching the kids the Constitution of the United States of America and leaving it at that? Let the learned make up their own minds about what to believe in.

    In the end, the adults are seemingly the kids in the room with their God vs Satan game, and the students’ education suffers as a result.

  10. As a Catholic, I don’t think prayers/religion should be on the agenda in public schools. Public Schools are tax payer funded and therefore should be exempt from any religious doctrine. These hypocrites need to understand that concept. Religion is for Church, home and religious schools.

  11. I haven’t heard “God” complain about anything. So why don’t these freaks get their heads on straight and stop freaking out and acting FOR a non-physical being with no rights at all? Geez, these lunatics are getting crazier by the minute.


  12. …”A religious fool grifting other fools” and that djchefron is why jimmyk was so drawn to it that he posted that link but it’s just another failure to comprehend.

  13. …Luceferianism!?! I would ask if you are crazy but it is quite obvious that you are quite mad. That has to be the most idiotic thing I’ve EVER read on this site!! And besides if you want “nism” a word or name it should be called “Darwinism”! Or here in the FACTUAL world the TRUTH!! And besides LUCIFER DOES NOT EXIST!!!! Go smoke your bible!

  14. “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under”
    Ronald Reagan

  15. So for the first one hundred and 40 or so years this nation survived and prospered. Well if you deny the genocide of the Native Americans, the enslavement of African Americans and the colonization of different countries.
    Simple slogans for simple minds but whatever, you keep quoting a president who had dementia.

  16. That would be 240 years there scooter. You may choose to hate your country if you’d like.
    No country is perfect and we have tried to remedy our wrongs. African Americans have chosen to enslave themselves by voting for liberals.

  17. Dumbass that phrase wasn’t adopted until 1954 but according to your addled brain that adds up to 240 years. Conservative the most stupidest creatures on the face of the earth

  18. No jimmyk We were NEVER EVER! One nation under God!! EVER!! and over my dead body will we EVER be one nation under a delusion! Reagan was a frakkin’ looney tune! and so are you by proxy!

  19. Were you abused as a little child? Why do you hate Christians? I realize liberals are hateful, miserable people, but you are a little over the top. Take a breath and CALM down. Good boy !!!

  20. You’re right, Sandra. There are plenty of opportunities to brainwash your kids
    at home and church that are perfectly legal.But not in public schools.

    (You told them they are BORN sinners? Really?)

  21. Once and for all lets gets this straight!!

    The ACLU and FFRF are NOT anti christian. They just want religion (ALL RELIGION) kept out of government (that includes the public school system).

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