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1025, 04 Jun 18

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom

It’s amazing to me that in this day and age we are still having to reaffirm religious freedoms that our Founders enshrined in our Constitution. Still, that’s where we are. This is a good ruling, if narrower than I would have hoped. That seems to be how the SCOTUS likes to roll.

The justices’ limited ruling turned on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips’ rights under the First Amendment.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the larger issue “must await further elaboration” in the courts. Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn’t want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.


But when the justices heard arguments in December, Kennedy was plainly bothered by comments by a commission member. The commissioner seemed “neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs,” Kennedy said in December.

That same sentiment suffused his opinion on Monday. “The commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,” he wrote.

Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined the conservative justices in the outcome. Kagan wrote separately to emphasize the limited ruling.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.


1025, 04 June 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Outstanding decision!

    The idesa that government can force you to violate your conscience under first amendment…perhaps the most disgusting idea from the Left ever.

    Love how fake news NPR headlines it as “narrow decision”….it was 7-2!   That is a landslide by USSC terms!

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    “the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion”.

    Remember that, k.

  3. Le Roi du Nord


    And as usual you misrepresented the headline, the decision, and the story.  Did you even listen to the NPR piece?  You couldn’t tell the truth is your life depended on it.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    It is a great win because the leftist institutions, like the CO “civil rights” commission is not neutral toward Christians, they act in hate and malice toward Christians.

    This should be a wake up call to leftist universities the next time it wants to stomp on Christians.

    USSC exposed the Christian bigotry and smacked it down, hard.

    NPR tried to spin it as nothing to see here, but it is a great victory for Christians everywhere.


  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Looks like you didn’t read anything about the decision, but just made up your own set of facts.  No surprise.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann

    I read it.

    I’m very happy about it.    We have government institutions openly hostile toward Christians, and USSC demanding those institutions be neutral, under the first amendment, is a huge win for Christians everywhere.

    I understand that in your world, malice and hate toward Christians does not exist, but I live in real world…not your fantasyland.

    It is a great win!

  7. Le Roi du Nord

    So you don’t deny misrepresenting the meaning of the term “narrow” as used in the headline and in the story?  Pretty desperate move for an alleged christian.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann

    NPR did it to mislead people that the vote was narrow.   Part of the liberal agenda to discount the importance of the ruling.

    NPR would have phrased it better as “scope of subject narrow in landslide/landmark 7-2 USSC ruling”.

    That would have been a less deceptive NPR headline.

    I know, you give liberal news sources a pass on deception.

  9. Le Roi du Nord

    So now it is NPR’s fault you lied about the headline.  Not only are you a liar, but a coward as well.

  10. Owen

    Geez, you two… give it a rest. Post after post devolve into the same shitstorm between you two. It’s old and the rest of us are sick of reading the same old tired argument.

  11. Jason

    Amen Owen!   I really love it when The Bully In The North devolves to correcting Kevin’s grammar and spelling.   We all can’t be as Average as Joe.

  12. MHMaley

    It was a narrow win based on a narrow decision of the facts in that particular case .

    It’s a win but a singular one .

  13. NHolland

    I have walked away and then revisited this site many times over the years for one simple(ton) reason… Kevin Scheunemann. I still wonder if there is some sort of homosexual relationship beyond the confines of conservatism between author and contributor. Jizz, you two… give it a rest! Or ban Scheunemann! Let’s face it, Scheunemann will say anything to try and fit in with conservatives. First it was the Republican Party, then the Tea Party and now he’s a faithful Trump follower. Where does it end… Please make it end! Ban Scheunemann Now!

  14. Owen

    So your big takeaway is that Kevin and I are gay lovers? How very homophobic of you.

  15. Jason

    >I have walked away and then revisited this site many times over the years

    Do us all a favor and walk away just one more time.

  16. NHolland

    ME, the homophobic one?… That’s hilarious! My goodness man, do I have to point out all of the anti gay sentiment thats been pushed by B&S. And for crying out loud, Scheunemanns church, WELS, was founded on the premise of homophobia. Probably why you guys are so closeted… Or wait I see Scheunemann is now flying his gay pride flag. Rumor is B&S stands for Balls and Shafts. All makes sense now. Amyway, enough of the foreplay… “religious freedoms that our Founders enshrined in our Constitution” what, when, where? Talk about taking liberties, alternative facts and lies.

  17. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’m flying my “Noahic covenant awareness flag”.

    The rainbow is the manifestation of God’s glory in at least 6 places in the Bible.

    Are you using the rainbow for something other than the physical manifestation of our holy Creator?

  18. NHolland

    Scheunemann, just giving you the business. Not that worried about your profile pic. You don’t hide behind it and never run from a debate… No matter how sarcastic. I do get bored with the constant back and forth Owen was pointing out but in the end you contribute. I don’t typically agree. Especially, when it comes to Trump. I also find it a bit confusing how you jump from party to party or even strains within parties. Hey, who am I to say where you find political comfort. Except, when it comes to Trump. I really do find it hard to justify supporting him and being a Christian. The profanity, the bigotry, the womanizing, the lies, etc etc. Imagine if he ran as a Democrat. Conservative heads would pop! Here’s to manifesting the gay pride flag into 6 places in the bible. Cheers!

  19. Kevin Scheunemann

    Who claimed Trump was Christian?

    Mike Pence is.

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