🇺🇸 Hail Mary
June 29, 2022

Good morning and happy Wednesday, check this out: Simon & Schuster is going to let people download ebook or audiobook versions of ‘High Conflict’ and ‘Let’s Talk About Hard Things’ until the end of July. It's part of the publisher’s plans to help readers engage with people holding opposing views.

Plus, what if Biden isn’t the nominee in 2024? Here are five under the radar candidates Democrats could choose to nominate.

Also, with this Flag Find your next lunch break will be a trip to the tropics.

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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/28: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 40,
Disapprove 58
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/27: Biden Job Approval, NPR/PBS Marist Approve 40,
Disapprove 54
D 6/27: Gen. Congress Vote, NPR/PBS Marist Republicans 41,
Democrats 48

Trending On The Left


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QUICK CLICKS

"Horrific" Truck Tragedy, NATO to Admit Sweden and Finland, Maxwell Gets 20 Years


US: 51 migrants found dead in San Antonio; tractor-trailer contained "stacks of bodies" (CBS)

World: NATO reaches a deal with Turkey to admit Sweden and Finland, secretary-general says (CNBC)

US: Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking minor girls for Jeffrey Epstein (CNN)

US: Voicemail indicates Joe Biden knew of Hunter deals with ‘spy chief of China’ (NY Post)

US: Trump lunged at Secret Service agent in rage when told he couldn't go to Capitol on Jan. 6, aide testifies (NBC)

US: What Michael Stenger Said About Jan. 6 'Professional Agitators' (Newsweek)

US: White House warns of "dangerous ramifications" to using federal lands for abortion care (Axios)

US: Court kills Flint water charges against ex-governor, others (AP)

SCOTUS

Hail Mary

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of a high school football coach who argued for his right to kneel in prayer at midfield.

News Coverage from the Right: High School Football Coach Touts SCOTUS Victory — ‘Every Single American Has Won with This’ (Breitbart)

News Coverage from the Left: Sotomayor rebukes SCOTUS for ignoring ‘decades’ of precedent with school prayer ruling (Salon)

From The Flag: Coach Joe Kennedy was originally placed on administrative leave in 2015 after disagreements with the Bremerton School District in Seattle. The district said he was encouraging students to participate in prayer, violating school policy. Here’s more from both sides.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Court Got It Wrong, As Group Prayer Coerces Participation


  • Students will now face pressure to participate in team prayer given the influence coaches have over the entire locker room.
  • Coach Kennedy has claimed he didn’t want this kind of attention or spotlight, but his actions say otherwise.
  • Teams operate as a singular unit, but prayer can be divisive and make people feel pressured to participate.

“A Football Coach’s Prayer Is Not About Freedom. It’s About Coercion.” Dave Zirin, The Nation: “There is a greater issue that the majority, in their zeal, chose to ignore: the freedom of the students to not pray. I’m sure they would say that this freedom remains, and no one has to pray if they choose not to. But such a perspective is risible. Anyone who has ever played high school sports knows that if your coach is doing something, particularly something religious, and expects you to join, then you had better do it. To stand out and say, 'I am Jewish' or 'I am Muslim' or 'I am an atheist'—or even simply 'I don’t want to do that'—is to be labeled a distraction, a locker-room cancer, or worse. … It’s easier to just take a knee for a minute rather than reap the whirlwind of anger from your coach. That is why this is not about freedom but coercion.”

“When Faith and Football Teamed Up Against American Democracy” Greg Bishop, Sports Illustrated: “​​Kennedy insisted then and maintains now that he didn’t want any attention. That he desired only to pray, by himself, briefly, right there, as he had done after every game for eight seasons until the school told him that fall he had to stop. And that, despite his leadership role overseeing impressionable teenagers, his actions weren’t intended to coerce anyone. … Kennedy (conducted) multiple interviews that exacerbated his conflict with the school. Two weeks before the game, he had retained First Liberty, the powerful Christian conservative law firm, in his burgeoning legal battle against the district. And he intensified the spotlight’s glare before kickoff with a pregame Facebook post, announcing a big night upcoming. In signing off, he asked for prayers. It’s hard to read that sequence as anything other than performative, a plea for the exact kind of attention likely to add sympathetic supporters to his side.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: I know how coercive team prayers can be. Supreme Court wrong to side with coach Kennedy. Frank Lambert, USA Today Opinion

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

A Win for Religious Liberty and Useful Reminder


  • In his own words, Coach Kennedy says he was trying to stand up for personal freedoms while also keeping his promises.
  • The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is championing religious liberty.
  • This decision serves as a reminder that government officials should not be aggressively anti-religion but rather tolerant and accepting.

“The Supreme Court agrees I have a right to pray and I am glad I stayed in the fight” Joe Kennedy, Fox News Opinion: “One of the longest fights of my life came to end with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in my case … I pushed my guys on the field to never stop fighting until the whistle blew, to always give it everything they have until the last down. … In every fight, someone loses. Too many times in the last nearly seven years, I’ve had one question haunt me if I let it: What if I lose? Not only would that mean I would never be back on the football field, but it meant that my case might mean other coaches and teachers could lose their job. Worse, a small part of the Constitution I swore to defend in the U.S. Marine Corps would be weakened...”

“​​A Football Coach’s Prayer Is Constitutional” Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal: “Historians assessing the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts might need to write a whole book on its remarkable string of rulings defending religious liberty in the face of rising secularism. Another one came Monday in a 6-3 case upholding a high-school football coach’s right to pray privately on the field after games. The school in Washington state punished Coach Joseph Kennedy ‘for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance,’ as Justice Neil Gorsuch writes for the majority in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. ‘The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination.’ Can we get an Amen? … the Supreme Court is gradually restoring a proper constitutional understanding of the relationship between religion and the state. … The Roberts Court’s religious liberty rulings don’t risk any state establishment of religion. But they do let Americans of faith express their views—as the Founders intended.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Supremes spell out winning formula for football coach on his right to pray Editorial Board, New York Post

FLAG THIS

Public Prayer and Faith in God


Polling organization Gallup has asked Americans about their religious faith for decades.

In the early 1960s, 79% of Americans supported prayer in public school facilities.

In 2014, 61% said they’d like to see prayer brought back to public institutions.

Finally, a recent poll showed that 81% of Americans believe in the God of the bible, compared to just 26% of Europeans.


Flag Poll: Do you agree with the Court's ruling that Coach Kennedy has a right to kneel in prayer at midfield? Click here to share your thoughts.

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Atlantis Attached, TV Blockbusters, Subliminal Messaging

On June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. Above is a view of Atlantis still connected to Mir, photographed by the Mir-19 crew on July 4, 1995.

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Today I Learned a company in the 90's made pencils with the anti-drug slogan "Too Cool to Do Drugs" but had to recall them because, when sharpened, they read "Do Drugs".

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