|December 4, 2020|
Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Trump's three Supreme Court appointments are already making a difference
- In case you missed it: New Podcast Episode
- Election update
- Lin Wood's idea is 100% bedbug crazy
- The first 100 days
TRUMP'S THREE SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENTS ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE
If anyone doesn’t think President Trump accomplished enough, his three appointments to the Supreme Court alone may have saved the First Amendment and religious freedom rights.
Thanks to the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, last week, Chief Justice John Roberts’ typical defection to the liberal side wasn’t enough to prevent the SCOTUS from slapping down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plainly unconstitutional discrimination against houses of worship with onerous coronavirus restrictions. They didn't apply to secular gathering places, from bike shops to liquor stores, but only to churches, synagogues and mosques. And now, the SCOTUS has just landed another blow against pandemic-inspired religious discrimination by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
While it’s not as quick and decisive as the smackdown the SCOTUS delivered to Cuomo, the Court vacated a lower court ruling against Harvest Hill Church, which is challenging Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions. The SCOTUS sent the case back to the appeals court and ordered them to reconsider it in light of last week’s ruling on New York. That’s as close as they could get to saying, “Get it right this time and don’t make us have to reverse you!”
Just to be clear: churches aren’t arguing that they should be allowed to ignore public safety laws. The churches I know are being scrupulous about following all reasonable precautions. But they shouldn’t be singled out for persecution, like imposing fines and jail sentences on pastors when the same guidelines are voluntary for others, or shutting down churches when strip clubs are allowed to stay open as “essential,” or limiting worship services to 10 people in a facility that can hold hundreds. Those are clear examples of religious discrimination banned by the First Amendment.
If Newsom and Cuomo think they don’t have to listen to the Supreme Court or to a handful of churchgoers, they might want to consider just how big an opponent they’re taking on.
The Beckett Fund’s second annual Religious Freedom Index was just released. It found that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe religion is an important stabilizing influence on society during times of social upheaval (like the pandemic.) A full 60% believe religion is a necessary, fundamental part of a person’s identity that should be protected. And a majority believe that safely reopening places of worship is equally as urgent as safely reopening businesses.
So if neither the Bible nor the Supreme Court can get through to these out-of-control liberal politicians, maybe they’ll pay attention when they hear that the polls are against them, too.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NEW PODCAST EPISODE
Ever wonder what ever happened to good old-fashioned gumshoe reporting? Veteran journalist Uma Pemmaraju has the answer on this week’s “People’s Podcast,” speaking with Governor Huckabee all about the news media’s declining standards in our ironically named information era.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court turned away President Trump’s petition to reject more than 221,000 ballots. The ruling wasn’t on the merits but on a process issue, that they are required to start in a lower court. Due to the pressing time frame, Trump’s attorney said they will immediately file the case in circuit court and be back before the Supreme Court very soon. More details here.
LIN WOOD'S IDEA IS 100% BEDBUG CRAZY
Attorney Lin Wood has been blasted for urging Georgia Republicans not to vote in the Senate runoff if GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler don’t do more to help Trump’s vote challenge. Even Trump condemned that crazy suggestion, since he knows that letting the Senate, House and White House all fall into Democrat hands would be like putting the whole nation in the backseat of a car driven by a crazy person, with no responsible adults having access to the brakes.
To hammer home his disavowal of Wood, Trump tweeted his “strong support” for Perdue and Loeffler, and the Trump War Room tweeted out a new report that for decades, Wood has voted for and donated to Democrats, including Obama and Sen. Perdue’s 2014 opponent.
I’m not going to tell you not to listen to Wood’s suggestion not to vote and to let the Senate be taken over by the Democrats just because he has a history of supporting and donating to Democrats. I’m also not going to tell you not to listen to him because of the disappointing results of his own election legal maneuvers. I’m just going to tell you not to listen to his suggestion because it’s 100% bedbug crazy. You would be smarter to try to cut off your nose to spite your face by swinging an ax at your own head than to pay attention to that incredibly idiotic suggestion.
If you’re a Republican in Georgia, you should already be welding yourself a suit of armor just in case you have to crawl over broken glass to vote for Perdue and Loeffler.
And here’s another reason why Wood’s suggestion makes no sense: if you care about investigating vote fraud, who do you think is going to do that if the Democrats take over the Senate?
THE FIRST 100 DAYS
Joe Biden said that on the first day he’s inaugurated (if he is), he will ask Americans to commit to wearing masks everywhere for 100 days. That falls short of the mask mandate he originally vowed (and for which he has no constitutional authority), since it would be voluntary. Biden said, “Just 100 days to mask — not forever, just 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction” in the virus.
Three points: (1.) A number of states already have mask mandates and most people are already wearing masks either voluntarily or not, but there hasn’t been a “significant reduction.” In fact, studies show masks have a positive but minimal effect; (2.) I notice he doesn’t mention that thanks to Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” there are already three vaccines showing high effectiveness, and at least one may already have started being distributed well before Inauguration Day; and (3.) the “just 100 days to mask, not forever, just 100 days” sounds eerily reminiscent of “Two weeks to flatten the curve – just two weeks!” Anybody remember that from nine months ago?
I’m glad to see we’d be switching from an Administration that’s “totally botched” the virus response to one that listens to the scientists, and has fresh, bold ideas to bring it under control. Like continuing to wear masks and staying home indefinitely.
PS – Speaking of doing exactly the same thing we’re already doing, Biden also said he would keep Dr. Fauci “in the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents.”
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY