Vicious Omar Falsely Claims Supreme Court Made Religious Freedom ‘Dead’

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Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at a news conference at the Capitol, July 25, 2019. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Yaakov M / VINnews) Antisemite Ilhan Omar mischaracterized this week’s Supreme Court ruling, which came out in support of religious freedom.

Senator Ted Cruz blasted Omar, after she attacked the Court’s ruling in favor of a high school football coach who was terminated for praying.

Omar claimed the ruling allows school administrators and faculty to “pressure students” to participate in prayer, though the opinion said Kennedy prayed individually on the field.

“The Supreme Court just ruled that public school teachers can pressure students to join in prayer at public school events but can also retaliate against those who don’t join in,” she tweeted. “Religious freedom is dead in America.”

“Every word of this is false,” Cruz replied.

Contrary to Omar, the court never said teachers can “pressure” students, nor can they “retaliate”. The court merely said that a coach has the right to pray. Not only is religious freedom not “dead”, the court actually upheld it.

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The Court ruled 6-3 in favor of football coach Joseph Kennedy, who lost his job because he prayed on the 50-yard line after games. The majority said the district violated the First Amendment.

The ruling says that the Constitution established “mutual respect and tolerance” for both religious and secular practices on public grounds. Justice Neil Gorsuch stated that the school, by its own admission, fired Kennedy because of his personal prayer, which is discriminatory.

“Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic,” the ruling said. “Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a personal religious observance, based on a mistaken view that it has a duty to suppress religious observances even as it allows comparable secular speech. The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination.”

In 2015, Kennedy was first reprimanded for his private prayers and later fired for continuing his religious practices on the field.

Students eventually joined Kennedy voluntarily, but they were not pressured by the coach. In addition, the school admitted that they fired him only for his personal prayer, not for group prayer. The school acknowledged that the coach has “not actively encouraged, or required, participation.”

One wonders if Omar would express the same sentiments, if it had been a Muslim coach who pulled out a mat and prayed on the field.

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