SCOTUS Ruling on Religious Services During COVID Lockdowns Removes Obstacle Named Chief Justice Roberts

Matt Vespa

Matt Vespa |  @mvespa1 | Posted: Nov 26, 2020 1:45 AM – for Townhall.com

SCOTUS Ruling on Religious Services During COVID Lockdowns Removes Obstacle Named Chief Justice Roberts
Source: Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP

My cmnt: This is so very important. This is why our nation hangs by a thread. The three ‘liberal’ (read: godless, democrat demagogue) justices have been joined for some time now by Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts came off the rails when he rewrote Obamacare to make it pass constitutional muster instead of simply striking it down as it deserved. No one knows where his cowardice arises from. We know the other three haven’t an ounce of integrity but somehow the democrats have got something on him, some kind of blackmail that has forced him to turn traitor to the constitution and America.

My cmnt: But now we have five solid conservative (read: god-fearing, republican originalists) justices who will interpret the Constitution as written and uphold the rule of law as enacted by the Framers of our Republic to protect our liberties and secure our freedoms. If this past election is allowed to stand as stolen and fraudulently taken from President Trump and the American citizens who voted for him we will no longer have a Constitutional Republic but will have become a Banana Republic and dictatorship.

My cmnt: Biden and his handlers have promised to add two new states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and four to six new supreme court justices (i.e., pack the court), and legalize the 20 million illegal alien residents (i.e., undocumented democrats). If this is done no Republican wlll ever win another national office – and the coup begun by the democrats in 2016 will be complete.

At last, we have a victory for religious freedom in the COVID lockdown era. The Supreme Court recently ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo illegally targeted churches in his COVID lockdown order—and Justice Amy Coney Barrett was the deciding vote. In the 5-4 decision, the Court ruled Cuomo’s edict violated First Amendment rights (via NYT):

The Supreme Court late Wednesday night barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had imposed to combat the coronavirus.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three liberal members in dissent. The order was the first in which the court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, played a decisive role.

[…]

In an unsigned opinion, the majority said Mr. Cuomo’s restrictions violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said Mr. Cuomo had treated secular activities more favorably than religious ones.

“It is time — past time — to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques,” Justice Gorsuch wrote.

The court’s order addressed two applications: one filed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the other by two synagogues, an Orthodox Jewish organization and two individuals. The applications both said Mr. Cuomo’s restrictions violated constitutional protections for the free exercise of religion, and the one from the synagogues added that Mr. Cuomo had “singled out a particular religion for blame and retribution for an uptick in a societywide pandemic.”

This is a breath of fresh air since the Supreme Court had previously either upheld COVID restrictions on religious services or shot down the legal challenges brought before them. In those cases, Chief Justice John Roberts, who arguably is now the face of the Court’s liberal wing, was the one who delivered the death blow. In the Nevada case, SCOTUS upheld limitations concerning church attendance but was fine with movie theaters and casinos operating with a more cavalier capacity policy. It made no sense, and Justice Neil Gorsuch torched the entire premise in his dissent in just a single paragraph.  With Barrett on the Court, Roberts is now an irrelevant factor. We have a solid 5-4 majority now. Expect more good things with Justice Amy Coney Barrett in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

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