If you’re struggling to find any correlation between the two cases, don’t sweat it too much. The idea the two dissenting justices are promoting, put bluntly, is that because Orange Man Bad, we mustn’t worry too much about any infringements by other politicians, particularly handsome Democratic Emmy Award winners seriously considered as presidential candidates in 2024.
And so, here we are, America: Jews practicing Judaism are cheering on a decision that curbs the unconstitutional and anti-religious petty tyranny of a governor, a decision made possible in large part thanks to a justice, Amy Coney Barrett, appointed by a president many of their co-religionists spent the past four years calling a Nazi.
Even more disturbingly, though, today’s decision proves, if any further proof was needed, that the faithful are under attack. But it also showed that they’re newly capable of forming coalitions, however imperfect, with people who hold similar values; and that, in doing so, they’re emerging as our era’s chief defendants of America’s sacred ideals, first and foremost among them the freedom of religion. Their victory gives us all much for which to give thanks.