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The Separation of Church and State Under Threat From Current Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could allow local governments to display religious iconography on public property.

The case — a consolidation of American Legion v. American Humanist Association and Maryland-National Capital Park v. American Humanist Association  — revolves around a memorial to World War I soldiers. The memorial features a 40-foot tall cross, and was erected on public property in Bladenberg, Maryland.

A federal appeals court showed that the “Peace Cross” memorial violates the Constitution’s ban regarding “respecting an establishment of religion” under the First Amendment, but it is likely that the new Supreme Court, with a five person conservative majority, will reverse the lower court’s ruling.

The issue of religious imagery on public lands had appeared settled in the 1980s, after County of Allegheny v. ACLU. In that ruling, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that the United States Constitution, “prohibits government from appearing to take a position on questions of religious belief or from ‘making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person’s standing in the political community.’”

This ruling did allow some leeway, including images of Muhammad or Moses, due to their connections with the law, but did not allow for other religious symbols.

This test has also been at the heart of fights over displays of the Ten Commandments and if such a display is that of a legal document or a religious one.

A Supreme Court reversal could lead to additional religious imagery at city halls, courthouse, schools and other institutions, and open the door to future challenges over school prayer and other changes sought by American evangelicals.

It will also signal future challenges with a religious bent, including potential “religious freedom” cases that can limit LGBTQ and other civil rights.

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Trump’s Override Threat Immediately Gets Shrugged Off by Rhode Island’s Governor: No ‘Executive Fiat’

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During a press conference this Friday, Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo was asked about recent comments from President Trump where he announced the CDC declared houses of worship essential and ordered governors to open them, threatening to “override” them if they don’t.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in law school but I don’t know of any executive fiat that he would have to overrule a particular governor, so I’ll have to look into that,” Raimondo said.

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Trump Calls Pelosi ‘Sick’ at White House Campaign-Style Rally With Bikers Who Came to Honor Vets, POWs and MIAs

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They came to Washington, D.C. for “Rolling To Remember,” their annual motorcycle run to honor and raise awareness for America’s veterans, U.S. prisoners of war, and service members still missing in action. President Donald Trump invited them for a pre-Memorial Day visit but instead he held a campaign-style rally and bashed the Speaker of the House and his presidential predecessor while standing on the Truman Balcony of the White House.

“Everybody thought Nancy Pelosi a month later was in Chinatown in San Francisco, she’s dancing in the streets of Chinatown trying to say, ‘It’s OK to come to the United States, it’s fine, it’s wonderful, come on it, bring your infection with you,'” Trump told the bikers, whose events are organized by AMVETS.

“Then she said, ‘He should have done it earlier,’ about me,” the President, pointing to himself, added. “And she’s dancing a month later.” He appeared to be talking about his order blocking travel from Chinas, which allowed over 40,000 travelers from China to enter the U.S. despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“These people are sick,” Trump added.

The President also told the bikers that Dr. Anthony Fauci said Trump, “saved thousands of lives, tens of thousands of lives.” Fauci never said that, and Trump did not save thousands or tens of thousands of lives, The opposite is actually true.

Trump also falsely claimed when he took office “our military was depleted,” and blamed former President Barack Obama for not having provided him with coronavirus tests. The novel coronavirus did not exist until nearly three years into Trump’s presidency.

 

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‘Dog-Whistle to Antisemites’: Internet Slams Trump for Praising Nazi Sympathizer Henry Ford’s ‘Good Bloodlines’

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President Donald Trump once again is dog-whistling to his base. While delivering a campaign-style speech at a Michigan Ford auto plant that’s been retooled to manufacture personal protective gear, Trump decided to take a walk into history and praise the company’s founder, the infamous anti-semite Henry Ford.

Henry Ford gave America the Model T,  mass production, and after death the non-profit Ford Foundation, but he also was an anti-Semite who reportedly blamed Jewish people for World War I and World War II, published anti-Semitic propaganda, and was a Nazi sympathizer.

“Ford is the only American mentioned by name in Hitler’s notorious ‘Mein Kampf,'” according to Religion News Service.

President Trump has repeatedly called Ford “legendary.”

On Thursday, Trump praised the anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer for having “good bloodlines.”

Social media users grew furious.

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