Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile. That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether. We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian. We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
Unfortunately, the decision came in at 5-4 in favor of the Town of Greece. The court decided that, “The town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by nonadherents.”
So nothing changes. Government meetings can and will continue to open with Christian prayers, regardless of the supposed separation of church and state that we have in the US.
I can only imagine the field day FoxNews is going to have with this one… “Christian nation” and all that bullshit that isn’t even true. The court upheld the original decision based on their interpretation of the First Amendment, not because we have (fabricated) Christian roots and Jesus is the coolest, but I’m sure FoxSnooze is going to twist it that way, into some victory in the faux “War on Religion” and a feather in the cap of religious liberty.
This Supreme Court decision has evoked such a bitterness in me, only usurped by a sadness for the future of our nation. I fear that I’ll never see the day where the US has a truly secular government.
Decisions like this are what happens when judges, whose job is to interpret the laws, become partisan politicians, furthering their own agendas rather than examining what’s legally correct. I understand that my interpretation of the First Amendment may be different from others’, but in that case, maybe it’s time to make some changes.
Maybe it’s time to clarify the Constitutional Amendments that always end up back in court to be reinterpreted. It’s been over 200 years. Rewording our laws to make them more applicable to the times we live in may be something we should examine (especially including the Second Amendment). On top of that, establishing stricter term limits for government officials, and especially Supreme Court Justices (no one should be guaranteed a job for life) is in order. It’s time to evolve.