“IN LANDMARK decision,” Andy Borowitz wrote of the justices’ 5-4 ruling in a religion-infused tiff in upstate New York, “Supreme Court strikes down main reason country was started”. Permitting a town to kick off its monthly board meetings with Christian prayers, for Mr Borowitz and the dissenters in Town of Greece v Galloway, is an abandonment of the rule against the “establishment of religion”, the first command of the first amendment to America’s constitution. In the eyes of a majority of the Supreme Court justices, however, the town’s tradition simply pays homage to the nation’s hallowed heritage of prayer in legislative settings. Tevye would be proud.
Only in America would a two-minute benediction at sparsely attended town meetings inspire 80 pages of heated and starkly contrasting judicial...Continue reading