Muslims, and Playgrounds, and Bakers! Oh My!

Building A Better Theocracy

It’s quite a trifecta coming from the Supreme Court today.

By now EVERYONE already knows that the SCOTUS has (somewhat) upheld the Muslim ban. You can paint the outhouse magenta, but it is still an outhouse. Calling it a travel ban is a big can of paint.

And by now many of us heard that indeed public money can go to churches, you know, for secular purposes like playground surfacing. Slippery meets slope.

And of course we know that at least four members of the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about the religious freedom of bakers to discriminate against the ‘mos. It’s not scriptural, but it seems that there is a ninth Beatitude that only Y’all Qaeda knows about: Blessed are the bakers for they shall deny anyone they want from licking the bowl.

Just venting and somewhat in shock. As a blogger who cut his teeth on the First Amendment in the era of Chimpy, today is about as bad as it gets.

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5 Responses to Muslims, and Playgrounds, and Bakers! Oh My!

  1. Nora Daly says:



  2. Condi says:

    Wait until Roberts and The Supremes nullify Roe v. Wade, then turn their bloodshot eyes toward returning women and minorities to chattel status.

    Fun times…


  3. 9thousandfeet says:

    Trump is not the only muppet who would prefer not to have a media allowed to say unkind things.
    You’re not the only American in shock, TG, there are a lot of others, but I think by far and away most people are still in denial. Certainly the MSM is in denial.

    It’s as if Americans don’t really believe fascism is actually possible here because most people don’t want it.
    That naive faith in the will of the majority is an endearing characteristic, but fascism and the evisceration of rights, even constitutional rights, almost never arrives because most people want it, it arrives because a minority plays the kind of political hardball that causes it to be installed over the wishes of majority.

    That’s what’s happening here, and there is as yet no resistance showing signs of effective opposition. It’s not even easy to see what an effective resistance might look like at this point. Millions in the streets might do it, but people have lives and shit they need to attend to, and can’t make a career of resistance.
    The press, and Congress, and the Judiciary, whose full-time job it supposedly is to mount a robust defense of the Constitution have all been colonized.

    So, fascism it’s almost certainly going to be.


    • Jim says:

      That’s a real possibility and a truly horrible one. A lot depends on mobilizing next year.


      • osirisopto says:

        No one likes it when I say the hard things, but I make my living by showing people the truth about what is in front of them, good, bad or ugly. I’m used to it. So, here goes…

        Preparations to mobilize for next year need to start now, beginning with each one of us.
        It’s our job. No one is going to do it for us.

        You’ve got a great idea there, Jim. What do you have in mind?

        The specific words of the saying the signs borrowed from vary; the most commonly cited version of Niemöller’s pseudo-poem, however—the one quoted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a lyrical manifestation of the evils of political apathy—reads like this:

        First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

        Because I was not a Socialist.

        Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

        Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

        Because I was not a Jew.

        Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


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