Six Takeaways from Yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision to Allow Sectarian Prayer at Government Meetings

After yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of government prayer, here are a few takeaways that might have been lost in the aftermath:



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Roanoke County Supervisor: After Yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling, We’re Only Allowing Christian Invocation Prayers

A year ago, Al Bedrosian was a Republican running for a seat on the Roanoke County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors. As it turned out, Bedrosian had written an article for the Roanoke Times several years prior to his candidacy in which he talked about how this country was not only a Christian nation, but one where non-Christians should not be allowed to worship at all:



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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Spouts Falsehoods About Other Religions, Says First Amendment Favors Christians

When the notorious uber-Christian Roy Moore, who was re-elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2012, gets together with a fawning audience in Jackson, Mississippi, the results don’t disappoint.

Or maybe they do, depending on how strong your stomach is for Moore’s preacherly delivery and his infamously blinkered views.

A newly-released video, apparently taken in January during a ‘Pastor for Life” luncheon but uploaded to YouTube just a few days ago, shows the judge as he displays an amazing lack of knowledge of non-Christian faiths by erroneously calling Buddha a god and stating that Muslims think that Mohammed, not Allah, is their Creator.

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Should the West Take Action Against the Nigerian Islamists Who Are Hiding and Selling 200 Kidnapped Girls?

Of all the groups qualifying for the title “scum of the earth,” Nigeria-based Boko Haram gets my vote.

I’ve written about these cruelest of child killers and rapists before. Their strategy and focus is markedly different from their Islamist brethren. You see, Boko Haram — a name that means “Western education is sinful” — consists of violent fundies who love targeting schools, teachers, and students, in a series of loathsome acts not seen since Muslim terrorists killed almost 400 pupils and teachers in Beslan, Russia.

Education is no accidental target, the Guardian‘s Jill Filipovic reminds us:

[Boko Haram] correctly understand that education sets girls on a path to economic independence and self-reliance. Education also makes girls (and women) less dependent on men, less subservient to authority and less acquiescent to the social and religious strictures that don’t serve girls’ overall interests — educated women are more likely to refuse practices like female genital cutting, for instance, better able to resist domestic violence, and less tolerant of discrimination.

The group has been back in the news thanks to the monstrous April 14 kidnapping of 276 girls.



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Supreme Court Disaster: In a 5-4 Ruling, Justices Approve of Christian Prayers in Greece, New York

In a disappointing 5-4 ruling this morning, the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayers could be used at government meetings, at least in the town of Greece.

(If you need more background on the case, please read this.)

The conservatives on the court, along with Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to keep the prayers while the reliably liberal justices offered a dissent.

One silver lining in all of this is that the conservatives did not say that this means Christian prayers are okay everywhere. Their ruling appears to be limited in scope only to the town of Greece:

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