Letter to the Editor

Court hypocrisy

San Luis ObispoJune 4, 2014 

I congratulate Steve Provost for the brilliantly reasoned dissection of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s corrupted logic in the case that redefined prayer as “only ceremonial” if delivered before a public civic assembly or meeting.

Prayers, Justice Kennedy reasoned for the court majority, are OK because they are not really “religious” but are in reality a sideshow to prove we are moral Americans and totally within the law, even when the vast majority of such prayers are delivered by sectarian priests and pastors.

Such hypocrisy from the Roberts Court has become a worrisome 5-4 standard that ill reflects the blind statue of justice in front of the Supreme Court building. That statue defines and dignifies to the world what American justice has long meant in times of brilliant defense of minority rights.

Since opening prayers, as defined by the court, have now no real religious significance, would it not be better and more appropriate to have prayers in the form of rain dances before all public meetings? After all, in these times of drought, they are much more needed, and perhaps they could help wash away the sinful and corrupt definitions and standards sold to the public under the guise of moderation. More appropriately, it is better defined as religious charlatanism.

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