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Monday, June 27, 2022

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shifted the abortion fight to state legislatures, where gerrymandering has given Republicans an advantage.


A woman lies dead on a motel room floor, her naked body hunched over a blood-soaked towel. She died alone, abandoned by her lover after a failed self-induced abortion in 1964. Her name was Gerri Santoro. But when a shocking photo of her then unidentified body was published in a national magazine, she became a defining symbol of the abortion rights movement in the United States.


David Pepper: Most people think there is a single battle in politics in America. But I've come to the conclusion that the two sides are fighting such different battles, there are actually TWO battles. And for the most part, one side [the left] does not see that reality.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steven McCraw revealed that the husband of slain elementary teacher Eva Mireles tried to save her but was barred from doing so.


Monday, June 20, 2022

One of Elon Musk's children wants nothing to do with him, and has filed legal docs to drop his famous last name -- in fact, she's changing her full name, and legally declaring her gender identity.


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Interesting retort on this decision.....
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#111 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2022-06-27 03:44 PM

That is indeed an interesting article. The author is a Christian, and yet he felt uncomfortable and disagreed with the prayers delivered by the Steelers' defensive captain each week.

Rather than letting the individual players decide if, when and how they pray, the justices empowered coaches to inflict their prayers on their teams. And high school coaches exert far more influence on their players than our defensive captain did on me.

It is highly unlikely that players on any given team will find their coach's prayer agreeable.

If a team reflects the religious affiliations of the American people as reported by Pew Research, then about 63% of the players will identify as Christians. That would mean a 60-person football squad includes 22 players who are not professing Christians (enough players to fill an entire offensive unit and defensive unit).

And the self-declared Christians are subjected to prayers that may represent interpretations contrary to their beliefs and practices. Some would see praying on the 50-yard line as violating Jesus' admonition to avoid praying on street corners in order to make a show before people. Others may view Christian faith as a moral code to live by yet they may have to listen to a fundamentalist go on about people being lost or saved and heading to hell or heaven.

Or, if the coach is non-Christian, say a Muslim, Christian players must listen to a non-Christian prayer.

When an individual player prays before, during or after a game, it is a voluntary act--a matter of conscience. When a coach leads a prayer, his players are a captive audience who must listen to his ideas, not theirs.

The ruling also violates the First Amendment bar concerning a religious establishment. It permits a public school official to vocalize his or her particular prayer to a captive audience. And coaches are powerful authority figures. They decide who plays and who does not. When coaches initiate a prayer and invite players to participate, the players either conform and listen to, or at least sit through, that prayer or risk their places on the team.


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"The Supreme Court ruled the man was within his Constitutional rights."

And the SC lied in their ruling in order to do it:

To reach his conclusion, Gorsuch simply rewrote the facts. In his account, Kennedy had been suspended exclusively for his silent prayer"not the spectacle he created by hijacking football games with prayer circles. And because this prayer was allegedly so "quiet," it qualified as "private" expression shielded by the First Amendment. The coach's prayer, Gorsuch insisted, was "not delivered as an address to the team, but instead in his capacity as a private citizen." So even though he was in the middle of a field that he could only access because he was performing his job responsibilities, his speech bore no imprint of government approval, and was totally unconnected to his work as a coach.

As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent, Gorsuch's "myopic framing" contradicts precedent that requires courts to assess the "taint" of "past practice," because "reasonable observers have reasonable memories." To promote its preferred narrative, the court had to ignore Kennedy's "years of inappropriately leading students in prayer in the same spot, at that same time, and in the same manner." Sotomayor also criticized the majority's whole repudiation of Lemon, the endorsement test, and the "reasonable observer" standard. But she pointed out that the opinion goes further than that: It also defanged the very heart of establishment clause jurisprudence, the principle that states may not coerce individuals into worship. "The coercive pressures" of Kennedy's conduct were "obvious"; even Justice Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged during oral arguments that students might fear retaliation if they did not join. In case there was any doubt, students did come forward to attest that they felt coerced into prayer.

Gorsuch's response to these kids? Get over it. "Learning how to tolerate" public prayer, he wrote, is just "part of learning how to live in a pluralistic society." A "tolerant citizenry" must live with the coercion of children into a particular faith at school; so long as they are not forced to join at risk of formal retaliation, they have no right to demand the freedom from indoctrination in their schools.


Any idiot with eyes can see from the photo in the article that Gorsuch lied:

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The only reason the SC majority doesn't care about this display of public prayer is because it is Christian in nature. If the teacher was a Wiccan and was saying Wiccan prayers with students gathered around, I doubt they'd be so tolerant. I think all religious prayers should be left out of the equation by public school coaches at the end of games. That doesn't make me anti-Christan or anti-Wiccan. That makes me pro-separation between church and state.

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