Apr 26, 2022 4 min read

Elon Buys Twitter - DC Shooting - Praying In Schools

A Supreme Court ruling may affect praying in public schools, Elon Musk officially owns Twitter, and the shooting in D.C.
Elon Buys Twitter - DC Shooting -   Praying In Schools

In Today’s Issue 💬

  • Elon Musk officially owns Twitter and a big question
  • A Supreme Court ruling may affect praying in public schools.
  • Did you hear about the shooting in D.C?
  • Some headlines to keep you in the loop

Elon Musk officially owns Twitter

It’s been a wild ride. Twitter walked away from its poison pill strategy to prevent Musk’s hostile takeover and ultimately accepted his $54.20-per-share offer price. While Twitter cost Musk $44 billion, the Tesla CEO said he did not care about the economics at all and was only pursuing Twitter to advance free speech.

Will Trump be allowed back on the platform? Allowing Former President Donald Trump back onto the platform would signal Twitter’s new approach to free speech. Twitter staff are concerned, however, going as far as to ask Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal during a company town hall about it. Trump was banned from Twitter after Jan 6.

Progressive exodus: Some predicted that progressives dedicated to censorship and content moderation would leave if Elon Musk brought free speech to the platform. As of yesterday, Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist, deleted his account. Just earlier, he was claiming that Musk’s actions were white supremacy.

A Supreme Court ruling may affect praying in public schools.

Background: In 2015, Washington-based high school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for his practice of praying with his players. Kennedy had not actively encouraged or required participation in his prayers, but many players would join him in his short, inspirational religious speeches midfield. He believed that he had the freedom of speech to do so.

The school district believed that allowing Kennedy’s prayers on school grounds risked the school endorsing or favoring one set of religious views over others. They also believed that the football coach pressured students to pray.

The Supreme court is now seeing the case. The case will test whether the rights of government workers to free speech supersedes the constitutional prohibition of government-endorsed religion. A ruling in favor of Kennedy could bring in an era where prayer is more widely accepted in public schools. The Supreme Court has a current 6-3 conservative majority.

Did you hear about the shooting in D.C?

Background: On Friday, a shooter formed a “sniper-like setup” in a fifth-floor apartment in Northwest Washington DC. He indiscriminately shot at people and wounded three adults and a child. The story received little media coverage.

The shooter: The shooter has been identified as Raymond Spencer, 23. An image of his setup shows "a picture hanging on the wall appeared to depict Yakub, a mythical Black scientist written about by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad.” The Nation of Islam is a black nationalist group.

The guns: The shooter used illegal automatic weapons and reportedly fired over 100 rounds. The manufacture or importation of new machine guns for sale to civilians has been banned since 1986 to prevent mass shootings. Additionally, Washington D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It is unknown how he acquired the weapons.

🔥 In Other News

🗳 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to create a police force dedicated to pursuing voter fraud and other election crimes. Read more.

👩‍⚖️ A federal judge will temporarily block the Biden administration from lifting Title 42. Repealing Title 42 would have led to a mass migration event. Read more.

💰 A New York judge is holding Trump in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena. Trump will be fined $10,000 a day until he complies. The New York A.G. is investigating him for tax fraud. Read more.

💨 Washington’s lawmakers removed the word ‘marijuana’ from all state laws, calling the term racist. Read more.

🚔 Investigators in the Georgia ballot harvesting probe delivered subpoenas targeting the possible funding source for such an operation and any eyewitness participants. Read more.

🌎 A man committed suicide by setting himself on fire outside the Supreme Court on earth day. He was a climate activist. Read more.

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