ruth bader ginsburg

When I heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with all the other SC Justices, ruled in favor of a Muslim prisoner who petitioned to keep his beard, in violation of Arkansas prison rules, I thought that maybe she had “found religion.” Or something.

But, no.

Ginsburg is a Leftist. And, for some inexplicable reason, Leftists typically jump to defend Muslims.

Christians? Not so much.

Of course, we want her to remain healthy enough to stay on the SC for another two years, until the GOP takes over the WH.

So, here’s hoping Ruth will take lots o’ power naps. (See pic above, taken at the SOTU this Tuesday)

Via Wall Street Journal: Justice Ginsburg’s Religious Flip

….Recall that five Justices voted in favor of religious liberty in last year’s Hobby Lobby case on ObamaCare. The four liberals dissented, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg railing that forcing religious-minded business owners to offer insurance for abortifacients was no violation of their religious liberty under the law. Justice Ginsburg joined the majority in this case, writing in a brief concurrence that the beard wouldn’t “detrimentally affect others who do not share” the convict’s beliefs. We couldn’t find that distinction in the statute at issue, but Justice Ginsburg had to say something to rebut the appearance of political, er, judicial hypocrisy….


NYT: Ban on Prison Beards Violates Muslim Rights, Supreme Court Says

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Old: He whose ox is gored (Exodus).

    New: He whose beard is unshaved (Arkansas prison).

  2. Los2000 says:

    The reason leftists always seem to jump to defend Muslims, yet thwart Christians wherever they can is quite explainable. They both want to see Christianity wiped off the face of the earth.

  3. Maynard says:

    Taranto offered some interesting insights in his 1/20/15 column, “Justice Ginsburg Bristles”. If you pay attention to the details, as Taranto does, you see how the liberal Justices stick the joker into the deck, by citing reasoning that is in fact based upon personal preferences having no basis in law. The end result is reinforcement and expansion of the modern double-standard of bending the law to accommodate the “religion of peace” while justifying mandated offences against conscientious Christians and Jews. This unanimous ruling again illuminates the objectivity and consistency of the “conservative” Court, and the lying duplicity of the liberals.

    …Gregory Holt is an Arkansas prison inmate and self-described devout Muslim—he also goes by Abdul Maalik Muhammad—who objected to the prison’s grooming policy, which prohibits beards on the grounds that they could be used to conceal contraband and make inmates harder to identify. Holt’s religious beliefs forbid shaving. He offered to wear a beard trimmed to half an inch, but the warden said no dice. So he sued. In a decision written (like Hobby Lobby) by Justice Samuel Alito, the court held that Holt is free to maintain his half-inch beard.

    Hobby Lobby and Holt were decided under different laws—respectively, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, unwieldily known as RFRA and Rilupa for short. Each statute was enacted in response to a high court ruling interpreting religious freedom narrowly: Employment Division v. Smith (1990), which held that the First Amendment does not entitle believers to exemptions from generally applicable laws, and City of Bourne v. Flores (1997), which held RFRA unconstitutional as applied to the states.

    Both RFRA and Rilupa mandate that courts apply the legal standard known as “strict scrutiny” to a plaintiff’s claim that a generally applicable law or policy violates his religious liberty. The justices held that while the Correction Department’s objectives do constitute a “compelling interest”—one necessary condition of strict scrutiny—its policy as applied to Holt was not the “least restrictive means” of achieving this interest, and thus failed the test.

    This was not a hard case. Neither, for that matter, was Hobby Lobby, in which it was, if anything, even clearer that the government’s asserted compelling interest—making a range of contraceptive treatments and devices available to persons with employer-provided medical insurance—could have been accomplished via less-restrictive means.

    But Hobby Lobby was politically polarizing, whereas Holt was not. That’s why all the justices voted the law this time, while only a bare majority did last year.

    Which brings us to the Holt concurrence by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who contributes her own concurring digression on prison policies). The Ginsburg opinion is so brief, we can quote it in its entirety (omitting citations):

    Unlike the exemption this Court approved in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., accommodating petitioner’s religious belief in this case would not detrimentally affect others who do not share petitioner’s belief. On that understanding, I join the Court’s opinion.

    Ginsburg’s logic has a certain plausibility, especially if you don’t value religious freedom very highly. Whereas some Hobby Lobby employees possibly would like to avail themselves of a benefit to which they would otherwise be entitled by law at their employer’s expense, Holt’s beard doesn’t impose any tangible burden on anybody. If you look at it that way, Holt had a stronger claim than Hobby Lobby.

    But that isn’t the way the law looks at it. Neither RFRA nor Rilupa contains language limiting its applicability to cases in which “accommodating petitioner’s religious belief . . . would not detrimentally affect others.”

    Detrimental effect on others could, of course, constitute a compelling governmental interest, as a majority of the court (Justice Anthony Kennedy plus the four dissenters) seemed to agree it did in Hobby Lobby. But RFRA and Rilupa put the burden on the government to overcome the detrimental effect. It may infringe on religious freedom only when there is no way to avoid such infringement (or if Congress enacts an exception from the applicable religious-freedom statute).

    Ginsburg’s brief concurrence, then, amounts to a declaration that she accepts the majority’s decision in this case because she finds the outcome unobjectionable—unlike in Hobby Lobby, in which she deplored the outcome for reasons extraneous to the law. She might have a decent political argument for repealing, rewriting or enacting exceptions to RFRA. But judges aren’t supposed to engage in that sort of politicking.

  4. Teri says:

    ‘The ol’ windbag’ …… Ramses from The Ten Commandments

  5. Dave says:

    This is proof that a spiritual battle is going on between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. It is becoming more apparent everyday. There is no other explanation for this chaotic meltdown of a common sense of decency that most people on this planet agree with. It has become pandemonium.

  6. Pat_S says:

    No doubt legal opinions can be buttressed by arguments that are self-serving to a judge’s personal opinion. Liberals tend to find the necessary arguments for liberal ideals and conservatives likewise for theirs. If we don’t like a decision the judge is a prejudiced ideologue. If we like a decision the judge is a towering intellect.

    I think Ginsberg made compelling logical arguments in the Hobby Lobby case. I am more in sympathy with the minority opinion on that one. That case broke new ground in religious liberties. This case doesn’t. It is not uncommon for penal systems to allow facial hair. A case could probably have been made without invoking religion.

    I think we are on a perilous trend having courts adjudicate religious beliefs. It will often come down to a matter of splitting hairs. The more fine tuned it becomes, the more complicated it becomes.

  7. Kitten says:

    She had someplace else to be…dreamland.

  8. Vintageport says:

    Drool bib alert! Next up, “Weekend at Ruth’s”

  9. sandyl says:

    This shows the utter stupidity/hypocrisy and contradiction of the left. Are we not constantly hearing that these terrorists ARE NOT MUSLIMS? Then why do we bend into a pretzel to give them the privileges of the Muslim religion???? My head explodes on this one.

    On another note, would a “right-to-have-a-beard” case EVER be brought before the Supremes if this were not a muslim? We all know the answer to that one.

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