During the 2016 presidential campaign when candidate Donald Trump pledged to nominate conservative judges to our Judicial Branch of government, that commitment was responsible for turning many skeptical voters in favor of supporting Trump’s candidacy. Independent and undecided voters concerned about the politicization of the courts by leftist Democrats saw Trump’s promise as a clear way to set America on a path back to sanity. And when Trump lived up to those assurances by following through, voters’ faith in Trump was rewarded.
Now, almost six years after Trump’s upset election and his subsequent onslaught of putting forth right-leaning judicial nominees, we’re seeing the fruits of that labor and the wonderful consequences of conservative jurisprudence.
Last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in the landmark abortion case of Dobbs V Jackson is monumental, of course, and will be debated and celebrated for generations. But there have been many other cases from the Supreme Court in recent weeks that also show the impact of Trump’s three conservative SCOTUS nominations: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
Last Thursday, the court struck down a tyrannical New York gun law in favor of our Second Amendment right to bear arms. That same day, they also issued a common-sense ruling limiting Miranda rights in favor of the rule of law and public safety. And now, today, we learned that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Americans’ religious freedom.
According to NBC News:
“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a former Washington state high school football coach had a right to pray on the field immediately after games.
The 6-3 ruling was a victory for Joseph Kennedy, who claimed that the Bremerton School District violated his religious freedom by telling him he couldn’t pray so publicly after the games. The district said it was trying to avoid the appearance that the school was endorsing a religious point of view.
“’Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy’s,’ Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. ‘Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment’s Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor. The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike.’”
The ruling marks a decisive and major shift for the Supreme Court and a victory for religious freedoms. Coach Kennedy never required or even suggested participation in the prayers by his or any other players. It was something he started to do on his own, by himself. Soon, players from both his team and those of his opponents began joining him in thanks to God after the completion of games.
The First Amendment protects us from the government’s “establishment,” of a specific religion, and today’s ruling from the Supreme Court correctly recognizes that a football coach and players voluntarily praying in thanks and praise to God after a football game is in no way establishing anything. It’s merely an example of Americans practicing their faith in public, a display with which there is nothing wrong.
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Finally, we’re seeing some rational rulings from our Supreme Court and other federal courts, and accordingly, we should all bow our heads and thank God.
By Jordan Case
Jordan Case offers opinions from the unique perspective of both entrepreneur and parent and is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative. Jordan does not participate in the cesspool of social media.
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