Two Important Supreme Court Cases – Religious Rights & Voter ID


The Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious rights today. They also agreed to take up a voter ID law before November.
Religious Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-3 decision that preventing school choice families from taking their children’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to religious private schools violated the Free Exercise Clause of the 1st Amendment.

The Supreme Court struck down a Maine education program that provides tuition assistance for students to attend some private schools but excludes schools that provide religious instruction. The Supreme Court says the exclusion of religious schools is unconstitutional.

Sotomayor dissented, saying,  “In 2017, I feared that the Court was ‘lead[ing] us . . . to a place where separation of church and state is a constitutional slogan, not a constitutional commitment.” Actually, she is right. It is just a slogan, not in the Constitution.

Separation of church and state, which is not in the Constitution, doesn’t mean you can discriminate and treat some unequally.

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Review of a Voter ID Law Before November

The U.S. Supreme Court will review contested voter ID laws in North Carolina. This comes months before November’s crucial midterm elections.

The case will decide if Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene to defend the state’s voter ID law from lawsuits.

Republican lawmakers say the state’s Democratic Attorney General John Stein is not properly defending the law from legal challenges brought by the NAACP and other groups who claim it violates the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act

S.B. 824 requires voters in North Carolina to present photo ID, including driver’s licenses, military IDs, and other forms of identification.

The majority say black voters are poor and it’s hard for them to get a voter ID.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of counting undated mail-in ballots in a contested Pennsylvania local election.

The 6-3 ruling could create broader implications for close races in November’s crucial midterm elections.

“Over the objection of three justices, the Court restored a federal appeals court ruling that said disqualifying ballots received on time but lacking a handwritten date on the return envelope would violate federal voting rights,” ABC News reported. “Pennsylvania state law requires that voters include a date next to the signature, even though mail ballots are typically postmarked and dated again by election officials when they are received. The appeals court concluded the absence of the handwritten date was an immaterial error.”


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7 days ago

Well, Justice Sotomayor: we can’t use extra-Constitutional writings (that is, what the various Framers meant by 2A) in supporting 2A but not when we are restricting 1A. Seems a little, how should we say, a little hypocritical. Sure, Jefferson wrote the Danbury Letter, but still ain’t in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.

7 days ago

Has anyone here ever met anyone w/o a photo ID? If these “poor blacks” are in such distress that they cannot afford whatever it cost to get an ID, then surely they must be receiving some public assistance WITH REQUIRES A PHOTO ID. I wish democrats would introduce us to some of these lost souls. I’d like to hear their stories and how they survive in 2022 America w/o an ID. When pigs fly.

Last edited 7 days ago by Wilma
7 days ago

This religious decision opens the doors wide for States to go to vouchers for all students and Defunding all Public Schools. It’s time to give all children of all races and religions an equal chance for a good education.