Say a Prayer for Justice Kennedy

By joining the court’s three Jewish justices, who are also, coincidentally or not, three of its liberals, Sotomayor saved the court from the embarrassment of revealing a church-state split along religious lines.
So, is that the beginning of a clap or a prayer? Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Thank goodness (but not God) for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. If it weren't for her, today's Supreme Court vote upholding prayer before town council meetings in the upstate New York town of Greece would have been a straight-religion vote, with the court's Catholics voting to uphold and its Jews voting to strike down. By joining the court's three Jewish justices, who are also, coincidentally or not, three of its liberals, Sotomayor saved the court from the embarrassment of revealing a church-state split along religious lines.

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