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Monday, June 27, 2022

Two wins for Christians

You haven't got a prayer is the taunt of the person who believes the odds are stacked so high against you that you will lose. But you always have a prayer. The Lord is with you 24/7.

And boy, do the lefties hate that.

They succeeded in ending school prayer—which 60 years later has been replaced with Drag Queens Story Hours and the like.

But the court is rolling back the atheists. Two Supreme Court decisions brought home that schools cannot ban or restrict from their campuses or football fields speech that is religious. If you can drop F-bombs (and I like the FJB chants) then you can pray to God or even evangelize.

The big case came today.

The Wall Street Journal reported, "The Supreme Court, siding with a football coach who knelt in prayer at the 50-yard line, ruled 6-3 that a school district cannot bar him from publicly exercising his faith on the field after the game, continuing a line of decisions lowering the wall between church and state.

"School officials in Bremerton, Wash., argued that the coach, Joe Kennedy, commandeered the government-owned field to promote his faith to fans and students after the game, implicitly putting the district’s imprimatur on his brand of Christianity."

If Colin Kaepernick can take a knee during the national anthem, why can't Coach Kennedy take a knee for the Lord?

People of faith have just as much a right to free speech as BLM, LGBT, Antifa and all the other lefty claques. For me, not thee does not belong in America.

The smaller case was Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, which was decided a year ago, 8-1 with Roberts dissenting. Last week, Uzuegbunam collected $800,000 to pay his lawyers.

Chike Uzuegbunam was a student at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Retired Colonel Stanley C. Preczewski was the college president.

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, which took up Uzuegbunam's case, "It all started in July 2016 when Chike was handing out pamphlets in a plaza on campus and talking about the Gospel with interested students as they passed. Not long after he began, some college officials approached Chike. They informed him that he was not allowed to distribute materials or talk to other students about his beliefs unless he had reserved a time in a campus speech zone.

"Georgia Gwinnett College had two speech zones, but don’t be fooled into thinking the college broadly encouraged free expression. Combined, the two spaces made up about 0.0015 percent of campus. If the entire campus were the size of a football field, these speech zones—the only places students could exercise their First Amendment rights—would be the size of a piece of notebook paper. On top of that, they were only open for student use for 10% of the week—just 18 hours on weekdays and closed on the weekends."

So the college shut the student down and ADF took up the case.

ADF said, "This case involved clear First Amendment violations. But Georgia Gwinnett College doubled down. First, the college argued that Chike peacefully sharing his religious beliefs should receive no constitutional protection. Eventually, it abandoned this argument and amended its speech policies to allow for speech in any outdoor area of campus—consistent with the U.S. Constitution. But then it argued that its officials should get a free pass for how they treated Chike.

"Because of the changed policies and the fact that Chike had by this time graduated, two courts dismissed the case. But that doesn’t change the fact that college officials had violated the Constitution by silencing Chike twice.

"That's why ADF asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case."

The question before the Supreme Court was whether the college owed Uzuegbunam money for violating his rights. After all, he had to haul them into court, right? That costs money, right? Only Roberts said no.

A second student, Joseph Bradford, also was a plaintiff in the case.

Today, the Epoch Times reported, "After Supreme Court Win, Christian Students Accept Monetary Settlement From College That Violated Their Free Speech Rights."

The story said, "The case returned to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. On Dec. 22, 2021, the judge ruled —contrary to the wishes of the college—that for the college to pay out a total of just $2 for violating the former students’ constitutional right to communicate about their religious faith free from interference seemed unfair. The court found the students could seek damages if they desired a larger, more fitting payout.

"But instead of continuing to litigate, Georgia Gwinnett College agreed to pay nominal damages and attorneys’ fees totaling more than $800,000, the students’ lawyers at the public interest law firm known as the Alliance Defending Freedom announced. The parties filed a stipulated dismissal with the court on June 22, formally ending the lawsuit."

You shouldn't have to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get public officials to do their jobs. But if you have to, the official will cover your legal fees.

First Liberty Institute represented Coach Kennedy. I trust Bremerton High School will pay his lawyers.

8 comments:

  1. How refreshing to see ANOTHER example of whats right and fair actually be enforced!! Of course, justice Roberts went against this guys speech freedom but after his selling out to Obamacare in 2012 we know what he is.
    Libs nationwide must be absolutely foaming at the mouth after the SCOTUS rulings the past 6 days!!

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    1. You mean supreme injustice of the court, Roberts. The only respect he deserves is that you make sure no one is watching when you piss on his grave.

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    2. I'm saving myself for Jane Fonda's grave. Of course, I anticipate a long line, so I will have a 52 oz mug to stay fully hydrated.

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  2. “If Colin Kaepernick can take a knee during the national anthem, why can't Coach Kennedy take a knee for the Lord?”

    As usual, Don, you cut to the heart of the matter. GBY, brother.

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  3. Interesting how all the cases that helped screw up the country were brought by the ACLU.

    Now there are hired guns for Conservatives.

    PS Nice take on the Bremerton case. The Warren court is finally being countermanded.

    PPS Roberts is just a guy with no guts. He'll never go against what he sees as the Establishment viewpoint.

    No guts, no glory.

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  4. I am feeling much, much better about the direction of the court. It disturbs me that for an 8-1 decision, Roberts was the 1. And it disturbs me that Merrick Garland’s justice department is openly saying they will disregard the court’s rulings. Garland is a real piece of shit. And the DOJ not supporting the rule of law is sickening.

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