- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that high school football coach Joseph Kennedy indeed had a right to pray on the 50-yard line post-game, no matter if others voluntarily joined him or not.

And with that, years of ridiculous leftist-fueled fights against obvious American rights — to pray and worship freely — come to an end.

The ruling is not only a massive win for religious freedom, but it’s also a tremendous win for America, for American exceptionalism, for the future of American individualism. Why? Religious freedom is the root of all liberty in America.

The Founding Fathers penned the idea in the Declaration of Independence that Americans’ individual liberties — the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — come from a Creator, from above, from God, and that government is only there to secure and maintain those inherent, God-given rights. That’s what makes America great; that’s what sets America apart from every other nation on earth. 

God-given, not government-granted.

But the concept of God-given rights isn’t simply a blessing. It’s also a responsibility — it also carries a warning. In a nutshell, a nation of people who say their rights come from God and who take their rights from God must also keep God on the public stage, or else face the loss of the God-given. You can’t have God-given if you remove the “God.” It’s common sense. It’s only logical. And it explains a lot.

It explains why the left has been busily trying to remove, water down, historically revise and attack this idea of “God-given” rights for decades — why the left has been fighting viciously against any mention of God in the public square for decades.

Ultimately, leftists — Democrats — want a government that’s so big, there’s no room for God. 

Ultimately, leftists — Democrats — want a massively big, bloated government so that they themselves can become the providers for society; so that they themselves can become the god of society; so that they themselves can gain the worship of the people.

The idea of a coach praying on a football field is unfathomable to leftists — to Democrats — because it keeps alive God in public. 

This case of Joseph Kennedy v. Bremerton School District was never just about coach Kennedy. It was always about the foundations upon which America was built.

It was always about the God-given versus the government granted.

It was always about the future of American individualism and the ability of moral society to keep its government in a role of humble service to the people.

And at least six of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices had it right. 

Good news. Great news. But once again, there’s a warning in those words: Three U.S. Supreme Court justices had it utterly wrong.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter and podcast by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Lockdown: The Socialist Plan To Take Away Your Freedom,” is available by clicking HERE  or clicking HERE or CLICKING HERE.

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