There’s a particular trait that’s common among conservatives and that is for them to explain their positions, they have to lie. Have you ever heard anyone defend Donald Trump without lying? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a liar. But then again, the six extreme right-wing Christian fundamentalist justices that are the majority on the highest court in the land are proven liars.

In the ruling that came down today allowing a Washington state football coach to pray at a public school event, Gorsuch, who wrote for the majority, lied. It’s as if he didn’t pay any actual attention to the case and decided it’d suit his needs better if he just made some shit up. Naturally, this is one of Donald Trump’s appointees.

Gorsuch repeatedly claims in his writing for the majority that Joseph Kennedy, a former public school football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington state who prayed at the 50-yard line following football games, who was often joined by his players, members of the opposing team, and members of the general public, “offered his prayers quietly while his students were otherwise occupied.” That is a lie. The layman’s term for this is “bullshit.”

And once again, this court has thrown out precedent. This court has overruled Lemon v. Kurtzman, the 1971 decision that previously governed cases involving the Constitution’s language prohibiting an establishment of religion. This establishes, as usual, Christianity on government property in a government function. Do these fucks even know what “secular” means?

The coach did not pray silently. Anyone can pray at school or any other government facility. Prayer is not banned. Establishing a religion is banned which rules out public prayer. Kennedy held very public prayers on the 50-yeard line while players from both teams kneeled around him while he held up helmets from both teams as if he were the Moses of football.

One student’s father complained since his son felt compelled to join in despite being an atheist. There’s peer pressure and the fear the coach will sit you on the bench if you don’t worship Jesus with him. So, the school district told Kennedy to knock it off. Kennedy did not knock it off. Instead, the coach went on a media tour and even made an appearance on Good Morning, America. At the next game, there was what’s been described as a stampede to pray with the coach on the 50-yard line to help him with his “commitment to God.” It was so bad that even members of the high school band got trampled. You don’t see that shit at band camp.

But, I’m sure it was a very private stampede.

The 1971 case held that the government’s actions “must have a secular legislative purpose,” that their “principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion,” and that the government may not “foster ‘an excessive government entanglement with religion.’” A stampede for Jesus on a public school’s football field at the 50-yard line is NOT secular.

You don’t need God to play football anymore than you need the national anthem for sports.

Justice Gorsuch did not base his opinion on the Constitution. It’s why he lied. He even dismissed the photographic evidence of the prayer huddles. Since Gorsuch lied, it leaves me to speculate that he would have had a different ruling if the coach wasn’t Christian.

What if the coach was Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, or even worse…a Satanist?

The Church of Satan doesn’t literally worship the devil because Satanists are atheists. Satanists don’t believe in God or the Devil. They chose Satan as their symbol which makes sense as this country is supposed to guarantee the right to freedom of religion. That right also protects your freedom to be an atheist, so Satan is being used here as a symbol for atheists…and it freaks people the fuck out.

And that’s what I want. To freak people the fuck out…specifically, religious zealots who believe their religion takes priority and has greater rights than other religions. I want a liberal football coach somewhere in this nation (there has to be at least one) to conduct a Satanic ceremony after a public school’s football game on the 50-yard line. Neil Gorsuch rules that a coach can do that so I’m sure the school district won’t fire a coach for leading a Satanic prayer at a football game. And, even if that prayer summons a demon, Justice Gorsuch says that demon is allowed at a public school setting. Maybe a demon would enjoy a high school football game. Do demons like hotdogs? And, it wouldn’t be the first time someone summoned a demon to help with their football game. Ask Tom Brady.

And quite frankly, this public school demon needs to be raised and Neil Gorsuch and the rest of his troglodyte fundamentalist majority of hypocrites should be forced to live with it. The only problem is that it wouldn’t be fair to the demon.

Creative note: I read my lettering out loud just to hear how it sounds. For some reason, every time I said “Beezelbub,” my Amazon Echo device, Alexa, would light up. So, if you don’t get a new cartoon from me tomorrow or see any activity from me, it might mean I inadvertently summoned a demon. I should probably clean my bathroom.

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  1. Thanks for laugh Clay! Good i don’t have a Alexa in my tiny house 🙂
    Other then that it’s now clear that the majority on SCOTUS is a christo-fascist bunch, morte then happy to turn America into a dystoipian hell hole far worse then what Margret Atwood & Orson Well could have come up together!


  2. I just donated $50 via Paypal, but I did not see a place to add my request. I would like a copy of “Evil SCOTUS.” Thanks.


  3. I live in Bremerton, so I can cite a few more of Gorsuch’s lies. For one thing, Kennedy was NOT fired from his part-time assistant coaching job – his biannual contract was not renewed. Unlike most high schools, this “coach” was not also a teacher in the school system. The man is dumber than a bag of rocks – I’m surprised he was even able to graduate himself. The First Liberty Institute manipulated him as a useful fool and tool.
    And how, with a straight face, can anyone consider this a form of ‘private religious expression’ when he kneels on the 50-yard line of a public facility at a public event with TV cameras and attorneys in tow?
    Move over, Iran. Our own Red-White-and-Blue theocracy is about to make you look down-right secular..

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  4. ONCE AGAIN I learned shit from your blog…… and I agree with the previous comments …… separation of church and state my aunt fanny. Extreme Court with a majority of under-oath-lying religious zealots……. Praise Jesus …. nobody on the court will stop you.

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  5. We are living the Pat Buchanan culture war speech in real time. The speech was delivered on 17 August 1992 at the Republican Convention. Look for it on YouTube. It’s about thirty minutes long. I’m now an agnostic. Coming from a background in charismatic Christianity and “pro life ministry” I can tell you folks we have to activate and get people to the polls in November. Prior to that we need to phone or have face to face conversations with family, friends, allies, neighbors and co workers. Make one another accountable that you’ll vote, talk about your plan. Encourage early voting and encourage them to be a poll observer and/or elections officer. There is still more to lose if we don’t pull up and save our democracy from crashing and burning.


  6. It’s a great cartoon, captures the whole story. If I could draw like this – and I can’t – I think it would have been a nice touch to have one of the kids wearing number 666. Or Satan wearing a team shirt with 666 on it. Just a meandering thought.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    WORD!!! … This SCOTUS IS A JOKE!! .. “And once again, this court has thrown out precedent. This court has overruled Lemon v. Kurtzman, the 1971 decision that previously governed cases involving the Constitution’s language prohibiting an establishment of religion. This establishes, as usual, Christianity on government property in a government function. Do these fucks even know what “secular” means?”


  8. I am astonished, but not surprised, at the amount of “Christian” support for this coach’s defiance of Jesus’s express directions. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the streetcorners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”


  9. Well, I was gonna type “Amen Brother” but then I realized it would look like I was responding to the preceding comment and that would be, not only a lie, but a damned lie. So, Amen Clay Jones !


  10. If someone wants to pray they have every right to under the constitution. They can do so out loud if they wish. Separation of church and state is not the secularization of state, it was intended so the state did not manipulate the church like it did in England before America was settled. I only know you are upset because you’re seemingly anti religious and hate all possibilities of a Christian being able to influence others within the purview of his rights.


    1. Jesse, As a person of faith I can assure you, this is a horrific ruling. You do not see it that way because you, like the SCOTUS judges, fall into the groupthink assumption that all people of faith, or at least all Christians, are alike. WE ARE NOT. ABSOLUTELY the separation of Church and State is secularization. That was its intent. Thus allowing all people to choose a faith, or no faith without pressure. Let me be extremely clear Jesse. If this separation did not exist and had not been enforced rigorously for many years – you would be, if you are in the mid-Atlantic states, very likely to be attending the same Anglican/Episcopal service/ mass (depending on how high church you are) that I do. If you are in New England, you would likely be attending the Congregationalists (UCC) and in the South? Probably the Baptists, although in some cases the Catholics I think. … Why? Because in the absence of the separation clause, we would have established faiths – and those were/are the dominant faiths at the time of the Revolution for the different areas of the country. Fundamentalism? the Charismatic movement? Pentecostalism? Crushed by force at the time they emerged. Period. Not saying you should like it, telling you what an established church would have done. Feel free to check history on that. Particularly take a look at the Cathars. Only successful genocide in history – pursued successfully by…. the church that all of the justices who just made this ruling belong to. No, when my family and other families fought in the Revolution and when our betters at the time established the Constitution and Bill of Rights, prohibiting this type of thing is exactly what they had in mind. So now, I have to try to decide how to handle the first time some idiot tries to lead prayer at the school with our kids – because we will NOT tolerate our children being led in some fundamentalist joke that they call prayer. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. And I can assure you- we are not the only ones thinking about this. On both sides.

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      1. They are only being led if they choose to follow. It seems like you believe they were coerced to come pray with the guy. I’m sorry you feel that way, but I believe you’re equating two fundamentally different situations. Have a blessed day!


    2. Oh, puh-LEEZE! Jesse, you’re ignoring the fact that he was ordered multiple times by the owner of the PUBLIC facility, [who was also his employer], to stop his 50-yard line antics at a PUBLIC event with the PUBLIC present and the spotlights shining brightly.
      1. He was not fired; his contract was not renewed at its expiration.
      2. His contract was not renewed due to his insubordination, not for kneeling on the 50-yard line.


      1. Everyone wants to say that his contract expired. It didn’t. It was terminated. Also, it doesn’t matter that he was told not to because he has the right to free speech on any premises and his authority was out of bounds in saying that. The left wants to shut down speech they don’t agree with, but anyone of any religion can speak freely if they aren’t causing public mania. Doesn’t matter that public lights were the lights he was under 🤷🏼‍♂️


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