April 18, 2021

SCOTUS upholds California restrictions on religious gatherings

Religious liberty lawsuits protesting extended coronavirus-prompted lockdowns are making their way to the Supreme Court, with mixed results.

The Supreme Court said “no” on Friday to a California church seeking to challenge the state’s orders limiting religious gatherings to 25 percent of normal capacity or less than 100 congregants.

The ruling fell nearly along ideological lines, with Cheif Justice John Roberts acting as the tie-breaker, siding with liberal SCOTUS judges against the complaint brought by South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, CA.

The Chula Vista church argued that the state’s restrictions violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom, and sought a reversal of the orders in time for Sunday services.

Roberts wrote in a brief opinion that the state’s restrictions “appear consistent” with First Amendment protections. Conservative-leaning Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh disagreed with Roberts’ assessment.

“The church and its congregants simply want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses,” wrote Justice Kavanaugh.“California already trusts its residents and any number of businesses to adhere to proper social distancing and hygiene practices.”

Citing the fact that California has allowed people to gather at non-essential businesses such as restaurants, hair salons, and cannabis dispensaries, Kavanaugh continued that California’s order “discriminates against places of worship and in favor of comparable secular businesses. Such discrimination violates the First Amendment.”

Roberts also swiped at the Conservative judges’ dissent, saying that “the notion that it is ‘indisputably clear’ that the Government’s limitations are unconstitutional seems quite improbable.”

Numerous Democrat governors have specifically target houses of worship in their coronavirus lockdown orders, ignoring religious liberty protections enshrined in the constitution.

Donald Trump threw his support behind churches across the nation last week, urging that “Governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now — for this weekend.”

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches,” he said. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”

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50 Responses

  1. Roberts “The New Swing Vote” Gad. First Obozo care, not No religious liberty? We need two more picks while Trump is in office.

    1. We need constitutional judges, not those putting their own agendas ahead of the Constitution and chief justice John Roberts is sadly of that mindset

      1. He may deny religious gatherings here but one day even this Supreme Court Justice will bow the knee and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord before the TRUE SUPREME JUDGE.

    2. Totally agree, lionel. Roberts is no “swing” vote. He’s just a liberal in disguise. Dems are hoping to keep him distracted with Antifa-led riots until November since the virus scare didn’t keep us down.

    3. Roberts, is a George W. Bush appointee. He is a leftist and needs to be removed from the SCOTUS like yesterday!
      There is talk that he authorized the illegal FISA warrant that lead to the fake Dossier. This guy has plenty of
      skeletons in his closet.

  2. The more God is rejected, the closer his time is coming, and then all of us will be in a time of real trouble.

    1. If the rapture happens before I die on this earth, my troubles will all be over. Waiting and Watching 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  3. It’s NOT UNHEALTHY to open churches now!!!! What? Did they give a date? No! People should be able to worship as things open up. Home has been GREAT because I watch and worship with Hillsong ALL DAY ON SUNDAY WITH THEM. But, not every person can do that. OPEN CHURCHES!!! Like … YESTERDAY! Or … would you, RATHER, have what happened yesterday??? Hmmmm? I’d say, “Let people meet for worship!”

    It “might” even help YOU … and YOUR CITY!

    1. Exactly! Spiritual health is AS important, if not MORE important, than physical health alone. It’s just about the Dem governors holding onto the power the virus gave them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I know MANY Christian Church and Jewish synagogue members WANT to be together with their fellow congregants. It’s about healthy fellowship. We need human interaction. All of us can maintain certain precautions with masks and distancing. As a Catholic, I deeply miss and long for the Eucharist. I am sure other Christian and Jewish people of faith want to worship God publicly once more. Enough of this leftist power grab!

  4. Supreme Court needs a firing. A church can’t have even 25% while these demonsrations can have thousands of thousands because I couldn’t count them all. What is wrong with our supreme court that slaps our forefathers in the face as well as all of us church goers. Our forefathers would be ashamed of our supreme court and would fire all of the ones that rejected the churches claims. And believe you me they really did have that kind of power because they stood up for what was-is right.

    1. You’re right! I didn’t see many “demonstrators” observing social distancing. Those spurred on by Antifa and paid by Soros certainly weren’t, although they were, and usually DO, wear face coverings, but my strong suspicions are that those masks have less to do with COVID-19 and more to do with their cowardice.

    2. The “Hell” with justice Roberts and the four leftist SCOTUS judges. Just open all churches immediately. If the leftist
      governor’s try shutting down because church leaders decide to open up, then people should “storm” the governor’s office and “DEMAND” to OPEN UP! Maybe, It’s time for President Trump to declare martial law and
      start arresting all the troublemakers that’s trying to destroy the Constitution…

  5. Roberts should be impeached! He isn’t worthy of being chief justice. He is a pathetic so-called Christian.

  6. Roberts is an idiot liberal trying to act conservatively. The constitution says that the government has no business in religon. Telling people when or where they can worship will bring God down in judgment. When the senate and house are constitutional, we can impeach Roberts!

    1. I agree with the appointment of an extra Judge on the Supreme Court. Robert’s has chosen the liberal point of view far too many times. It is time to impeach him.

  7. I observed hundreds of people protesting in different cities last night as well as in Minnesota the last several nights and they were not even social distancing??? But that is OK?? While churches can practice social distancing and they cannot worship in their church. THIS IS WRONG AND I DO NOT CARE WHAT THE SCOTUS SAYS.

  8. Supreme Court Justices should no longer be appointed for life. When life appointments were originated the life expectancy was perhaps 55. We have members now who sleep through the State of the Union message and who knows how much they really contribute to the court. I was forced to retire from the U.S. Air Force at 60. It’s time for a change to the terms for Justices and term limitations for House and Senate Members.

    1. It is a very dangerous road to getting an extra arm of government formed to change the Constitution on term limits. Wonce formed that committee can become the worst and most corrupt committee without any conservative controls or feelings of the people being relevant to the decision making process.

  9. Wow i am totally shocked at this decision. Trump needs to appoint at least 2 more Supreme court judges. This goes over board of our First Amendment rights! Do these guys not know the Constitution!!
    I know that is why the old lady judge hasnt left she is waiting it out for Nov. I bet she leaves in Nov if a Democrat is voted in. Hod help us sll if this happens. Pray, pray and keep praying for our country, our President and all Conservatives!

  10. Yaaa I guess Wal-Mart has more clout than God himself ! This country appeases to many disgruntle organizations . Well can’t
    please them all . Time to throw out the trash !


  12. Shame on Roberts, is he not afraid of the eternal God, the god that made him? I assure you we are going in the wrong direction when this is an everyday occurrence, considering all the abuses of power going on over the Covid situations being mishandled so blatantly! The democrats keeping all businesses locked up over minor reasons, things they can handle on their own. Letting our economy slow down to a crawl, when they know by doing this they can keep Trump from winning. Allowing riots in democrat places where no social distancing is even considered. Making people wear masks in their own houses when it’s proven to be bad for them. Anything to make themselves powerful! I Roberts doesn’t even follow the news, how is he expected to judge right? I’m very very mad about this, this is a bad decision and I hope you pay for it! Open all churches now or else!

  13. How will we AMERICANS REMEMBER all these GOVERNMENT DECISIONS made in the last 6 YEARS ??? I don’t have enough time in one day to write them all down !!! Every time a LIBERAL spoke or made a DECISION it cost us TAX PAYERS lots !!! Not just money, but LIBERTIES , DEATHS,& UN JUSTIFIED REASONING !!! We all ,even DEMO–C–RATS, better STOP THINK LOOK & make a SMART “”FREEDOM DECISION”” as we VOTE in November ??? This is NOT a so called “FEAR TACTIC” it’s life as we will have to FACE it !!!

  14. I don’t understand why you listen to any of these POS. This is not a law, they are just recommending that you don’t. Our corrupt democrat politicians are doing this. Stop letting these worthless, devil worshiping POS dictate to you. Open up, people that feel safe will go, the ones that don’t will stay home. It’s that simple. Stop listening to these damn communist democrats.

  15. Roberts is a fringe benefit for liberals, anything they want they get according to him. Why should the abortion clinic be essential but church services not? People need to be able to pray to their God to thank Him and renew their faith. Now the abortionist takes a life an throws it away and you Justices vote and think that’s essential as far as I can see that’s murder. What book of life are you guys getting your answers from. Roberts has been a liberal from day one when bush nominated him for the justice position, and he’ll never change. Some positions have you retire at a certain age, but our justices can stay until they pass on or retire on their own. I think its time we looked into these life time limits and get them changed. One day we will find all of our rights being taken away.

    1. Roberts, could also stop and put an end on General Flynn’s case. He’s letting the appellate court to make the
      decision. I believe he is involved in the fake Dossier. “IMPEACH” Roberts NOW!

  16. Roberts flipped as soon as he got the job. This is why it is crucial that we get “real” judges on the court!

  17. In our Constitution, we have FREEDOM OF RELIGION, not freedom of religion at the whim of some overzealous governor or judge. Believe it or not, Americans are really intelligent people, and if we felt there was a threat to go to church, we wouldn’t go. But don’t tell us we can’t. Got it, Governor? Got it, Judge?

  18. Justice Roberts became another Liberal jerk, in a black robe! His evident leaning to the left is ruining the SCOTUS reputation of enforcing the Constitution. Where is the First Amendment? Where is freedom of religion? Where is the protection to the religious parishioners?

  19. SCOTUS should not be the final arbiter. We have three co-equal branches.
    Mark Levin, who wrote the NYT bestselling book “Men in Black”, has called for SCOTUS term limits for some time.
    I remember, when Roberts was nominated, it was said that he was acceptable to the Dems. I knew that meant trouble.

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  22. Roberts, is a George W. Bush appointee. He is a leftist and needs to be removed from the SCOTUS like yesterday!
    There is talk that he authorized the illegal FISA warrant that lead to the fake Dossier. This guy has plenty of
    skeletons in his closet.

  23. Roberts, can also stop and put an end and exonerate General Flynn. But, he is a coward because he is probably
    up to his neck in SPY GATE, unlawful FISA warrant, and the fake Dossier.

  24. In Ca. people are out trying to get some sun shine and improve their health. We are
    out everywhere. Why does Newsom want to put restrictions on religion. He is doing
    it to hurt people. Besides that restriction order he has another you cannot worship the
    Biblical God. That is what it is all about. That probably was not stated to the Supreme Court. People are out in restaurants now. They have restrictions also, a Restaurant
    I love decided to have their food served outside in the parking lots of room to meet
    their customer demands.

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