“Because he waited until January 28, 2019 to seek relief, we grant the State’s application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.”

It is no great surprise that whichever good Christian pus bag wrote this chose not to sign it. This is from the opinion in which the Supreme Court, by a 5–4 vote, allowed the execution of a Muslim man in the good Christian state of Alabama, which refused to allow an imam to accompany him, even though they routinely allow Christian ministers to accompany convicts to the execution chamber. So the Supreme Court is willing to use timely filing as their excuse to permit religious favoritism by a state actor in obvious violation of the First Amendment’s ban on establishment of religion.

Justice Kagan wrote a dissent, which Justices Sotomayor, Ginsberg, and Breyer (the Democratic appointees) joined. She pointed out that preferring one religious group over another is the most basic violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. She also points out that the timeliness question is at best open, since the convict had no way of knowing from the statute they provided him that they would not permit him to have an imam in lieu of a Christian minister until shortly before he filed.

She also pointed out that the Supreme Court usually defers to decisions by Courts of Appeals in matters of death penalty appeals.

In sum, this is chicken shit Christian supremacy at work. Not how we should govern ourselves.

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