NY Times: SCOTUS 2021-22 Term Is ‘Disgraceful’ And ‘Brazen’

Oh good heavens. The New York Times is off it’s rocker … again.

In a July 17 opinion piece from The Times, Pamela Paul penned how grumpy she is that the Supreme Court didn’t rule the way she wanted. Her piece titled “In the Face of Fact, the Supreme Court Chose Faith,” was a tantrum over the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of former coach Joseph Kennedy in the Kennedy v. Bremerton School District case.

Kennedy has been praying since 2008 postgame. In 2008 Kennedy started praying after games. He initially prayed alone, but as the years went by more players began to join him. Kennedy was fired from his job because he wouldn’t stop praying during games. The case went to the Supreme Court over a religious liberty dispute and in June 2022, the justices voted 6-3 in Kennedy’s favor. Paul however, thought the ruling just part of The Court’s “disgraceful 2021-22 term.”

Paul claimed that The Court has exuded “brazen efforts to inflict its political and religious agenda on the rest of the country.” This is false. This term, the Court ruled for the best American and Constitutionally sound outcome in each case.

But this court’s right-wing majority is following the dictum of our Trumpian age: Objective truth doesn’t matter. Subjective belief — specifically the beliefs of the court’s religious-right majority — does.

Let me cry. Former President Donald Trump’s choices to nominate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavinaugh, and Neil Gorsuch have strengthened the Court immensely. This has helped correct the interpretation of the constitution in Kennedy’s instance, where the First Amendment was clearly interpreted. 

Even still, The Times piece amplified the author’s distaste for the Court.

Such intolerance mirrors the strong-arming intentions of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. Unhappy with what much of the country believes, the court’s right wing chooses to believe what it would like and foists the results on the rest of us. Just like Coach Kennedy, they’re out to proselytize.

Kennedy and The Court are not out to “proselytize” in any way, shape or form. Kennedy was simply exercising his right to free speech and in no way was trying to “coerce” students to join and make them pray with him. He told Fox News his intentions back in April.

The prayer after the football game — that was just myself, I would just take a knee at the 50-yard line after football game. After a few months, the kids would say, “Coach, what are you doing out there?” And I just said, “I was thanking God for what you did.” They asked if they could join. And I said, “It’s America, a free country. You do what you want to do.” And that’s how that kind of started.

No part of Kennedy’s prayer was coercive. As he said, “It’s America … you do what you want to do,” and that’s exactly what he did.

The Court clearly stated that Kennedy had only exercised his right to free speech as an individual citizen. Justice Gorsuch explained that the First Amendment doesn’t discriminate between religious and secular speech. 

A government agency sought to penalize an individual who engaged in quiet religious practices that were protected by both the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses. The government’s only reason for retaliation rested on the mistaken belief that it was obligated to suppress and find out.

The Times piece contained a lot of junk and was good virtue signaling. It’s hard to digest when The Supreme Court doesn’t make a decision that you agree with but, 50% of the time, that’s going to happen. The Times and the rest of the leftie media are just mad that they didn’t get their way and are exercising every avenue to pout about it. 

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