Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Supreme Court Must Be the Conscience of the Nation

An NBC News OpEd

This week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a series of decisions that every American, and more specifically every American of color, immigrant and believer in religious liberty should pay attention to.

Four issues were decided by the high Court: President Trump’s “travel ban”, California’s gun law, Gay parents’ rights on their children’s birth certificates and a Missouri religious school’s right to use taxpayer funds.

Below is a summary of the Court’s holdings in each case: 

In a 6-3 ruling, the controversial “travel ban” issued by President Trump earlier this year was upheld in part, and the remaining provisions will be further reviewed in the fall. The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States." 

In a 7-2 decision the court decided NOT to hear a case on the California law requiring a local law enforcement permit to carry a concealed handgun in public standing. Prompting outrage by Justice Thomas who said the law “degrades the constitutional right to bear arms.” 

In a 6-3 decision, the Court struck down an Arkansas state law forbidding a lesbian couple the right to be named as parents on their child’s birth certificate. 

In a 7-2 ruling, the court ruled on a Christian school’s right to receive taxpayer funds. Thereby allowing a religious school in Missouri to receive state funds to pave its playground.

Click here for the full article. 

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