The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that a group of atheists demanding the right to deliver the invocation at the opening of legislative sessions in the Pennsylvania House are S.O.L. — simply out of luck — and they’ll have to take their secularist so-called prayers elsewhere.
Finally. A court with courage to uphold the common sense aspect of the Constitution.
Law and order can’t last in a land with people who aren’t lawful and orderly in their thinking, you see.
“The Supreme Court has long taken as [a] given that prayer presumes invoking a higher power,” wrote Judge Thomas Ambro, in the 2-1 majority decision against the petition brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
That’s because it is a “given.”
It’s only been in recent years that atheist groups like the FFRF have been emboldened to tip and tap at the “givens” of the world and flip what’s common sense for what’s contrary to logic — contrary to the point of creating chaos. That these groups only try to disguise their atheism by referring to themselves as free thinking, or humanist, or the like, only underscores the chaos they’re trying to create within America’s constitutional system — within an America that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, rooted firmly in the idea that individual rights come from God, not government. And what’s their end goal?
To rip all evidence of God from the public square.
To usher in a country that’s completely secular.
To confuse the application of the Constitution and the interpretation of Founding Father writings to the point where America’s true history is wiped, and where the secularists can swoop in and command control of the government.
That’s what these atheists had in mind when they sued members of the House in Pennsylvania back in 2016 for the right to “pray” — and that’s pray in quotation marks — before legislative sessions, saying the theists-only policy that was in place violated the establishment clause.
“As a matter of traditional practice,” Ambro wrote, “a petition to human wisdom and the power of science does not capture the full sense of ‘prayer,’ historically understood. Because [nontheists] do not proclaim the existence of a higher power, they cannot offer religious prayer in the historical sense.”
Americans United for Separation of Church and State called the ruling “disturbing.”
One of the plaintiffs, Brian Fields, on Twitter called it “very disappointing.”
And one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Alex Luchenitser, characterized it as discriminatory against those who “do not believe in a god.”
But their disappointment is as feigned as their pretend titles of freethinkers.
These atheists simply wanted to use the courts to impose their angry personal wills on the people, and make a mockery of the Constitution in the process. They lost. Common sense won.
Maybe they can take their complaints now to their higher power. That would be — them.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @ckchumley.
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