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A panel on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Monday slammed the Supreme Court for being too religiously motivated, with a guest saying “Christian fundamentalist belief” was imposed on others.
Host Joy Reid referred to a Rolling Stone article on Wednesday that claimed a Christian group influenced Supreme Court justices in their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade praying with them.
Author Robert Jones called the revelation “truly disturbing” and suggested that prayer could lead an organization to assume that God is on their “side”.
“What really bothers me is the use of prayer clearly for political influence here. You think about prayer, there’s the old adage I grew up with: the family that prays together stays together. And that’s because prayer creates a kind of intimate bond of inviting the divine into a human relationship and that basically says we’re on God’s side together, and there’s only half a step of it’s to say that God is on our side. That’s why I find it deeply disturbing,” Jones said.
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Liberty Counsel, the group referenced in the original Rolling Stone article, denounced the article as false, noting that no member of the prayer ministry has been allowed to enter the Supreme Court since 2020 due to the restrictions related to COVID.
Nation correspondent Elie Mystal went further and suggested that Supreme Court justices are already religious “fanatics” obsessed with the Christian faith.
“They don’t really need to bring outside groups in to pray because the fanatics are already in the Supreme Court. The appeal is coming from inside the house. If you go back to the Dobbs decision, people have to understand that the premise that life begins at conception is an overtly religious belief. It is a fundamentalist Christian belief. It is not shared by many people of the Jewish faith. It is not shared by many people of Islamic faith, Hindu, Buddhist or other these other religions that make up our country,” said Mystal.
He also claimed that religious fanatics could lead to the return of the Salem witch trials.
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“We tried to make the new world as Lauren Boebert suggests. You know where that got us? To the witch trials. You know what happened? People died. But with this court, we don’t I’m not far from one of those people like Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene who say, “I saw Goody Mistal talking with the devil and helping women cross the border,” said said Mystal.
Mystal further asserted that the Supreme Court will continue to limit rights beyond those of white Christians.
“What we are going to see next season is that this court continues to feed on vulnerable people, minorities, non-Christians. Look, there is nothing in the decisions of the Supreme Court that allows a football coach to lead students in prayer, to lead players in prayer who tells me that they are going to allow a Muslim school teacher to pray five times a day towards Mecca. point about history and tradition. It’s just some kind of white Christian and tradition that they’re again trying to impose on the rest of us against our will,” Mystal said.
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The decision Mystal is referring to involved former high school football coach Joe Kennedy who lost his job after praying in public on the 50-yard line after games. He did not demand or encourage other students or players to join him. Additionally, several Jewish and Islamic groups have filed amicus briefs in support of Kennedy’s case. The case was decided 6-3 in Kennedy’s favor in June.