Like Dobbs, this decision on public prayer isn’t quite how it’s being portrayed by conservative folks. Yes, the liberal justices declare their desire for the official imposition of atheism upon public life, which we don’t agree with, but the conservative justices don’t answer this with a vigorous affirmation of Christian culture – what they uphold for an ideal is everyone getting along peacefully in a pluralistic society. In other words, relativism, which is the bane of Truth and of a stable, transmittable culture.
And along with that, as so often happens, the federal Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in this case at all, as the 1st Amendment applies only to the uS Congress, not to the States or to local institutions. What should apply here are the provisions of Washington State’s constitution regarding free speech and religious liberty:
Sections 5 & 11
Nor are the justices saved in their intervention by the phony Incorporation Doctrine of the 14th Amendment:
It is ironic but not unexpected that the federal Supreme Court is not being consistent with its federalism doctrine: They upheld the principle in Dobbs but reject it in this case.
A final note relating to the SC’s supposed friendly stance toward religious liberty – They once again upheld a State’s covid vaxx mandate that has no religious exemption provision:
We cannot rely the federal SC to fix all our problems. It is better, it is necessary, to build up strong local and State authorities and institutions instead that can protect us when the storms break upon us.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!