Quote for the Day…
The realest people don’t have a lot of friends. – Tupac Shakur
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- The Praying Coach
- More Reefer Madness
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- The Western Word Poll
THE PRAYING COACH:
The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution. The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. (AP)
Earlier this year, a poll here at The Western Word asked “Should The U.S. Supreme Court Side With (Coach) Kennedy Or Bremerton (School District)?
At that time, 61% said the Supreme Court should side with the school district and 27% with the coach. There were 12% who were undecided.
I don’t have a problem with this ruling. To me, it is more about freedom of speech than religion.
Nonetheless, someone on social media said they wondered what the Supreme Court decision might have been if a Muslim high school football coach whipped out a prayer rug, knelt on the 50-yard line, and prayed after every game.
That’s a fair question. It might have been 6-3 the other way.
I doubt we’d have the cheering today from people like U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). In a Twitter message, Daines said, “Glad to see SCOTUS protect our religious freedom on and off the field.”
The key word from Daines is “our.”
Check out the full story from the AP HERE.
MORE REEFER MADNESS:
There’s more reefer madness happening in Great Falls. This time small business owners Janelle and Dale Yatsko are having to file a lawsuit to sell recreational marijuana inside the city limits of Great Falls.
According to a report in the Daily Montanan:
The suit argues that according to House Bill 701, which addresses recreational marijuana implementation in Montana, counties and cities can put further rules and regulations on marijuana sales. However, Great Falls’ outright ban of sales within city limits is in violation of state law because cities and counties can only ban sales through a local referendum vote, which has not happened in Great Falls or Cascade County.
“State law allows dispensaries to operate legally in Great Falls, unless the citizens of Great Falls say otherwise through an election,” the couple’s attorney, Raph Graybill, said in a press release. “The city’s ban violates state law and goes against the clear will of the people.”
We all know if the Yatskos were trying to open a casino, the city of Great Falls would bend over backward to accommodate them.
I hope they win and win big.
Read the full story from the Daily Montanan HERE.
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is as dumb as a rock, but she will probably be the next governor of Arkansas. I could not believe she made the following statement:
On May 24, 2022, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a campaign promise that touched on the subject of abortion, saying, “We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in a classroom, the workplace, a nursing home. Because every stage of life has value. No one greater than the other.”
Snopes fact-checked it and she said it.
Read the full report from Snopes HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion?” (Background)
The results will be posted later this week.