Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America took the next step towards the dismantling of the Bill of Rights. For years, they have chipped away at various parts of it, mostly having to do with citizens' rights in encounters with the police and other parts of the Justice System.
Today, they dealt a body blow to the First Amendment.
In a case brought in regards to a city council holding sectarian prayers (specifically Christian prayers mentioning Jesus) at the beginnings of city council meetings, they basically said it's ok.
Let's look at that again.
They said it is OK for a governmental body made up of elected officials to hold sectarian prayers. That it is ok to push citizens of other religious beliefs into an official second class citizenship status by virtue of having to listen to prayers endorsed by the majority of those elected officials. And by virtue of some of the language in the majority opinion, it is the right of the MAJORITY to force their religion into those prayers.
So, how long will it be until a small town somewhere becomes dominated by Muslims who then endorse a specifically Islamic oriented prayer - thereby causing redneck heads everywhere to explode with rage upon discovering that a five justice majority consisting of all Catholics ruled that such a display of sectarian religious ceremony is legal and supported by their precious Constitution?
I sincerely hope that is within the period of my lifetime. I really, really want to watch the fun, especially when Scalia's head is among them...
If he can even remember how he voted on this ruling by that time!