Supreme Court wants to ‘promote Christianity,’ ‘end separation of church and state,’ Politico guest essay says


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ABC News legal contributor Kimberly Wehle claimed in a Politico op-ed Wednesday that the conservative Supreme Court justices are aiming to impose a religious, Christian view on the United States. 

“Justice Alito doesn’t think society is Christian enough. Recent court decisions show how he intends to remedy that,” read the subtitle.

Wehle argued that the recent decisions on the Dobbs, Carson and Kennedy cases show that “religious conservatives” seek to “undermine the bedrock concept of separation of church and state and to promote Christianity as an intrinsic component of democratic government.”

“Many legal scholars in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical decision to reverse Roe v. Wade have focused on the dangerous implications of the court’s centuries-old worldview on protections for things such as same-sex marriage and contraception. This concern is real, but there is another issue with equally grave constitutional consequences, one that portends the emergence of a foundational alteration of American government itself,” Wehle wrote.

Protesters hold up signs during an abortion rights demonstration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in New York. 

Protesters hold up signs during an abortion rights demonstration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in New York. 
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She argued that the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, and the Kennedy case, which upheld public prayer, overstepped the establishment clause barring the government from establishing a religion.

“The government cannot establish an official religion or ban public worship. But which clause governs if a government employee openly endorses religious beliefs at work in a way that could be attributed to the government or feel coercive to subordinates? Do the employee’s free exercise rights supersede the government’s obligation to maintain secularity?” Wehle asked.

Although Wehle listed the Carson v. Makin decision, which allows tuition assistance programs to be used for religious schools, as an example of religious establishment favoring Christianity, the Council of Islamic Schools in North America and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiff.

Religious activists praying outside the Supreme Court.

Religious activists praying outside the Supreme Court.

Still, Wehle continued to link the justices’ decisions to establishing Christianity.

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“After Dobbs, history and tradition at the time of the framing of the Constitution are now the linchpin of constitutional interpretation. And Thomas has explicitly connected the founding period — and national identity — with Christianity,” she wrote.

Various media pundits and Democrat politicians have accused the Supreme Court of forcing Americans into an unconstitutional “Christian theocracy” by eliminating the separation of church and state. However, constitutional experts have noted that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution.

Abortion rights activist rally at the Washington Monument before a march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, May 14, 2022. 

Abortion rights activist rally at the Washington Monument before a march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, May 14, 2022. 
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“Although polls show that declaring the United States a conservative Christian nation is a minority view, the same was said about the reversal of Roe. This Supreme Court clearly doesn’t care,” Wehle closed.



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WSJ editorial board says FBI’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is ‘dangerous’


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The Wall Street Journal editorial board Wednesday condemned the FBI’s raid of former President Donald J. Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago home. 

The piece, titled “The FBI’s Dangerous Search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago,” warned that Attorney General Merrick Garland, head of President Biden’s Department of Justice, risks taking America “down a perilous path”. 

“Monday’s unannounced Federal Bureau of Investigation search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home isn’t a moment for anyone to cheer,” the editors wrote. “The Justice Department is unleashing political furies it can’t control and may not understand, and the risks for the department and the country are as great as they are for Mr. Trump.”

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Former President Donald Trump in New York City following the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago home. 

Former President Donald Trump in New York City following the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago home. 
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Biden’s DOJ has faced accusations of political bias in the past, such as when they labeled parents concerned about Critical Race Theory in schools as “domestic terrorists.” Experts warned such a move would have a chilling effect on free speech.

The WSJ editors wrote that “everyone knows” that “an FBI law-enforcement action of this kind against a former American President is unprecedented.” 

They argued that if the warrant is related to “potential mishandling of classified documents or violations of the Presidential Records Act” then “the raid looks like prosecutorial overkill and a bad mistake.”

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Donald Trump speaks to CPAC crowd August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas

Donald Trump speaks to CPAC crowd August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas
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“Document disputes are typically settled in negotiation, and that is how Mr. Trump’s disagreement with the National Archives had been proceeding,” they noted.

“Didn’t someone at Justice point out that a search in this case would draw comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information before her 2016 presidential campaign?” the editors asked.

“She was never prosecuted, as Mr. Trump was quick to point out,” they continued.

The editors argued that the FBI’s actions will throw into question the public’s confidence that the government applies equal justice under the law, regardless of one’s political views.

MENDON, IL - JUNE 25: U.S. Representative Mary Miller (R-IL) gives remarks after receiving an endorsement during a Save America Rally with former US President Donald Trump at the Adams County Fairgrounds on June 25, 2022 in Mendon, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

MENDON, IL – JUNE 25: U.S. Representative Mary Miller (R-IL) gives remarks after receiving an endorsement during a Save America Rally with former US President Donald Trump at the Adams County Fairgrounds on June 25, 2022 in Mendon, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

The editors also noted that “the political and media pressure is intense on Attorney General Merrick Garland to indict Mr. Trump” and that “the FBI search may be a fishing expedition to find evidence related to Jan. 6.”

“Then there is the fraught history between Mr. Trump and the FBI and Justice,” the editors wrote. “The Russia collusion probe was a fiasco of FBI abuse of process and public deception.” 

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The board noted that to this day the FBI “has a serious credibility problem.”

Politicians from across the political spectrum, including Democrats like former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, have criticized the raid.



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Scott Perry on Mar-a-Lago raid: They’re scared to death Trump will come back in 2024


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GOP Congressman Scott Perry shared the details behind the FBI seizure of his personal cell phone and his thoughts on what’s really behind the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

REP. SCOTT PERRY: What I think? I think that they’re scared to death that President Donald Trump is going to come back in 2024 and win re-election

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And they’re going to do every single thing that they can to make sure that doesn’t happen, including make up some kind of charges from the National Archives. I mean, quite honestly, it’s absurd. 

If it’s the National Archives, I mean, the president is the ultimate classification authority, you know, saying he took classified information out. You know, he’s the classifier. 

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James Comey leaked classified information to get a special counsel. Hillary Clinton, well, you know, we don’t know the extent of the classified information she had on her private server. No accountability whatsoever. 

But somehow, do they think that President Trump packed the boxes at the White House to take to Mar-a-Lago? You know, I think this is all about 2024 and their disdain for President Trump and the fact that they know he’s coming back and likely to beat their candidate, Joe Biden.

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Jonathan Turley: The more we learn about the Trump raid, the more confusing it gets


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Jonathan Turley discussed how former President Trump is on record with sources to have cooperated with the government prior to the raid on his Mar-A-Lago home on “Hannity.”

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JONATHAN TURLEY: The more we learn, the more confusing this gets. What did they possibly tell Reinhardt? Did they relay this history to the magistrate? That, according to these sources, that the president had cooperated. I mean, the idea that he was subject to a subpoena, complied with a subpoena, didn’t challenge it, voluntarily showed the storage room to the agents, followed their advice, secured it to meet their demands. All of that is hardly a basis for saying now we need to send in 40 FBI agents on a nighttime raid. I mean, if the subpoena worked the first time, then presumably a second subpoena would work the second time if there were remaining documents that were not gathered up in the first collection. What we have to find out is the details. 

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Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel brushes off Tom Brady tampering questions ahead of preseason game against Bucs


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Last week, the Miami Dolphins were fined for tampering, as they attempted to get Tom Brady and Sean Payton down to South Florida.

Fittingly, the Dolphins’ first preseason game is against Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

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Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins addresses the media prior to training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins addresses the media prior to training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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However, head coach Mike McDaniel isn’t even thinking about what occurred between the team and the quarterback years ago.

“For me, nothing happened,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

McDaniel was asked if there was any awkwardness, but McDaniel insinuated that there was no such thing in his own locker room.

“Everyone else is the one making it awkward. It doesn’t occupy a single iota of space with anybody. It’s hard enough to be good in this league.”

Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross has been in some heat lately, as former head coach Brian Flores also accused him of offering to pay him $100,000 for every loss the team had in the 2019 season.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media prior to the Miami Dolphins mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media prior to the Miami Dolphins mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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While the NFL’s investigation did not find evidence of bribes, the league did find that Ross felt tanking was in the best interest of the team.

But McDaniel is focused simply on today’s football and not even paying attention to the past.

“As the Miami Dolphins, all of our energy is very coordinated and only has to do with us getting better, and everything else would be an opportunity cost that we’re not willing to expend,” he said.

The Dolphins, rather than acquiring Brady, drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the sixth pick in 2020. They stuck with Flores through last season.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins, right, talks with Tua Tagovailoa during training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins, right, talks with Tua Tagovailoa during training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Saturday will be the first meeting between the two quarterbacks in the NFL, as Tagovailoa was injured when the teams faced each other last season.



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California public university hosts orientation for ‘Black, Latinx, and Native American’ families


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One public university in California is facing criticism for hosting an orientation for “Black, Latinx, and Native American” families.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus, Campus Reform reported.

The “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation,” takes place from Sept. 9-11.

In a letter to the University of California, San Diego, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression is blasting the university for hosting an event that racially segregates participants.

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The University of California, San Diego is hosting "Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation" during its "Triton Weeks of Welcome," which is designed to welcome students to campus.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus.
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“We understand that conversations concerning race and representation have occupied a prominent place in discourse on the campuses of many colleges, which have legitimate interests in fostering productive student discussion around these issues. But racially segregating a college’s educational programming is not a lawful means of facilitating the conversations,” FIRE said in the letter to the university president.

The free speech organization states that the University of California, San Diego cannot lawfully serve the needs of minority students by “barring students of other ethnicities from educational opportunities or experiences based on their race.”

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The University of California, San Diego is hosting "Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation" during its "Triton Weeks of Welcome," which is designed to welcome students to campus.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus.
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“Laws enacted to protect students from racial discrimination in higher education, at public and private schools, have been in effect for more than 70 years,” the letter states.

FIRE also called on the university to remove the “race-based restriction on attendance in the program’s registration.”

Sabrina Conza, a program officer at FIRE, told Campus Reform that the university is clearly engaging in segregation.

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“It is clear that the University of California, San Diego’s orientation program is limited to certain races, which is segregation in its purest form,” Conza said. “Excluding students from educational programming based on their race is illegal, regardless of those students’ race.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the University of California, San Diego, but did not receive a response.



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Los Angeles City Council approves more funding for police in Hollywood to combat spike in crime


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Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved funding for more police patrols in Hollywood to address a rise in crime. 

Hollywood, which is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, has seen a 75% increase in homicides and a more than 35% increase in shots fired this year compared with last year. Robbery and theft, meanwhile, has jumped by nearly 20% and 25%, respectively. 

Los Angeles police block off a street in Hollywood near where two people were shot and killed Wednesday night. 

Los Angeles police block off a street in Hollywood near where two people were shot and killed Wednesday night. 
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The council on Wednesday signed off on a motion by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to give an additional $216,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division to add additional officers.

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“Today’s unanimous approval of enhanced safety measures in Hollywood will make a world of difference for residents, workers and visitors impacted by crime,” O’Farrell said in a statement, City News Service reported. “We’re investing in a holistic approach to public safety — one that brings unarmed service providers, residents, businesses and LAPD to the table so that we can create safer neighborhoods and communities.”

According to O’Farrell’s motion, the demand for public safety has exceeded the available resources in Hollywood. 

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“We’re thankful to Council Member O’Farrell for these additional resources and look forward to quickly putting them to use to prevent, deter and address crime,” Blake Chow, LAPD deputy chief, said in a statement to City News Service. 



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Hunter Biden joins dad Joe for vacation as FBI called out for double standard after Trump Mar-a-Lago raid


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Hunter Biden joined his dad on an Air Force One flight to South Carolina Wednesday for a family vacation amid criticism of the FBI’s alleged double standards after agents raided former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. 

The raid comes amid an ongoing federal investigation in whether Trump took any classified materials from the White House when he left office to his Palm Beach estate.

The younger Biden was photographed with his wife, Melissa Cohen, and his son, Beau, meeting President Biden at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The Biden then flew to Kiawah Island, South Carolina for a vacation. 

Their departure comes just two days FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The raid has prompted a flurry of unanswered questions about why the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland would take such a drastic step.

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Crittics of the raid pointed out what they call a double standard, given that Hunter Biden is himself subject to ongoing federal investigations into his finances and foreign business dealings. 

The federal investigation into the first son’s tax affairs has reached a “critical stage,” a source previously told Fox News. Officials are looking into whether to charge President Biden’s son with various tax violations, possible foreign lobbying violations and more.

A separate source told Fox News that the federal grand jury looking into Hunter Biden’s business dealings wrapped up its latest term late last month but said no charges have been filed.

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The investigation is being conducted by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a prosecutor appointed by Trump.

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report. 



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Sen. Josh Hawley: FBI has been ‘weaponized’ in modern politics


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Missouri senator Josh Hawley reacted to the latest updates following the FBI’s raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

SEN. JOSH HAWLEY: I’d like to know what it was they were looking for in the first place. I mean, this is what Garland owes the American people – an explanation. And frankly, so does Joe Biden. Because I don’t believe for a minute, not for a minute, that the White House was totally in the dark on this. This is Joe Biden’s FBI. It is Joe Biden’s DOJ. 

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And they have weaponized this FBI at every turn. They sent it after parents and called them domestic terrorists. This is an administration that tried to set up a disinformation board to police the speech of Americans who questioned the vaccine, who had questions about masks. This is an administration that is totally, totally out of control. And I tell you, it will take a long time to repair the basic constitutional norms and democratic norms here that this administration is trampling.

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What this makes clear to me above all, is that though our constitutional framework of government is strong, and I believe that, we have deep, deep corruption in our government. Deep corruption. We’re going to have to make it a focus to root it out.

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Dartmouth graduate dies hours after college graduation in ‘horrible accident’ near bridge: officials


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A New Hampshire college graduate was pronounced dead on Sunday after a “horrible accident” took place near a bridge by the Dartmouth College campus just hours after his graduation ceremony.

David Gallagher, 24, a 2020 graduate of Dartmouth College, was found by police officers on an embankment around the Ledyard Bridge in Hanover, New Hampshire, on early Sunday morning. Hanover Police Lieutenant Michael G. Schibuola called the death a “horrible accident” and said that alcohol might have been involved, according to the Boston Globe.

“We are not sure exactly sure how he sustained his injuries that led to his demise. We are investigating. We don’t anticipate any criminal charges,” Schibuola said.

His friends called 911 after Gallagher was seriously injured, according to the report.

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The incident took place just hours after the university held a make-up-commencement ceremony on Aug. 6 for graduates from the class of 2020 whose graduation ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Gallagher attended.

A friend of Gallagher’s told police that the 24-year-old did not participate in an activity dubbed the “Ledyard Challenge,” where students run across the bridge into Vermont while streaking, then swim back to Hanover, New Hampshire, according to the report.

According to the Associated Press, a Dartmouth student died in 2005 while participating in the challenge.

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Ledyard Bridge

Ledyard Bridge
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Hanover police Capt. James Martin described the area where Gallagher was found as “often inaccessible to walk in on foot from the roadway from Hanover” and “very rocky, steep terrain,” according to WMUR.

Gallagher was on the college’s lacrosse team, which tweeted that he attended the graduation celebration for the class of 2020 on Sunday.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our Dartmouth men’s lacrosse brother, David Gallagher ‘20. He passed away Sunday, a day after attending the commencement celebration for the Class of 2020,” the team tweeted. “Dave was a terrific team member from the West Chester area of Philadelphia. He brought many great characteristics and values to the program. He was tough, worked hard on the field and in the classroom, had high character and a positive attitude.”

Dartmouth College spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said in a comment to Boston.com that their community is saddened by Gallagher’s death.

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“The Dartmouth community is deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy,” Lawrence said. “President Hanlon has been in touch with the parents of David Gallagher to share his condolences on their profound loss.”



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