"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
His opinion and the coincident opinions of Justices Alito and Thomas and the dissenting opinions by Justices Breyer and Kagan all deserve close scrutiny. Religious liberty is the foundation of all other liberties, and any time the Supreme Court speaks about it, all Americans should listen carefully.
“Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith,” he argues. In other words, rather than wear your religious beliefs and cultural mores like touch-sensitive antennae, act enough like an adult that you don’t take offense unnecessarily or easily.
With respect to public prayer, Justice Kennedy writes: … the reasonable observer is acquainted with this tradition and understand that its purposes are to lend gravity to public proceedings and to acknowledge the place religion holds in the lives of many private citizens, not to afford government an opportunity to proselytize or force truant constituents into the pews …”
In other words, respect, decency, civility, and self-control are assumed in a nation that is not only diverse in its religious composition (although the overwhelming majority profess some form of Christian faith) but also composed of self-governing men and women who have the common sense not to take offense too readily. Just Need to Grow Up here
Justice Kennedy certainly hit the crux. Atheist and many proud, ‘tolerant’ Liberals I’ve met, heard, read or have the vexation to be a family member, have no tolerance for pubic prayer or any “religion” being in the pubic fore, like a Nativity on the City Hall lawn. Oh the horror, right? And they start chanting “separation of church and state!!” as if that were branded on the bottom of our Left foot at birth. It ain’t.
It’s also useless to tell these drones, that the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to practice their ‘religious beliefs’ without the interference of the State (government: Federal, local or state). They usually continue to scream the “separation” clause, refusing to listen or understand it’s meaning. But it remains clear, government does disallow “religion” within government! Just the oppose is true. Godly, honest men are the best men to have in government, which our Founders realized.
It was still surprising that this Supreme Court came to the correct decision; just as it was of no surprise that the anti- correct, anti- God, anti- religion Democrats, snarled at the decision, as they did the correct decision to allow a State to dump Affirmative Action on it’s racist foundation.
Atheist, Liberals and those who put themselves above God are likely all twisted up, unwilling in their intolerance, to allow God to be acknowledge, thanked and appreciated in a public form, via a prayer or invocation. Shame on their intolerance and ignorance and may God show mercy on their souls.