October 6, 2022

WIN: Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty in California

The Supreme Court of the United States handed Americans a massive win on Thursday by ruling against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) heavy restrictions on religious worship services. 

The ruling is a major win in the fight to uphold religious liberty within the US as Democrat governors seize COVID-19 as an excuse to shut down churches across the nation.

Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena brought the case to the Supreme Court after a lower court ruled in favor of Newsom’s restrictions. The now-conservative majority of the court ruled in favor of the Southern California church’s challenge, citing their decision made last week in a similar case brought by faith groups in New York.

The high court vacated the lower court’s ruling against Harvest Rock Church and ordered the district court to reconsider its position based on the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of religious liberty in New York.

“The September 2 order of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with instructions to remand to the District Court for further consideration in light of Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo,” the Supreme Court said.

Though the ruling is considered a major win for religious groups fighting back against Newson’s heavy restrictions, the battle is not fully over.

However, Liberty Counsel, a non-profit law firm representing Harvest Rock Church, lauded the decision in a press release:

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court provides great relief for churches and places of worship. The handwriting is now on the wall. The final days of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘color-coded executive edicts’ banning worship are numbered and coming to an end. It is past time to end these unconstitutional restrictions on places of worship.

The firm noted that Newsom’s restrictions are even more stringent than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D), writing that “Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders ban ALL in-person worship for 99.1 percent of Californians,” while non-religious gatherings are allowed to continue operations.

“Warehouses, big box centers, shopping malls, liquors stores, family entertainment, and destination centers, gyms, fitness centers, and museums receive preferential treatment with either no capacity limits or no numerical limits,” the firm explained, while Newsom’s blueprint “discriminates against religious meetings in churches and places of worship in every Tier.”


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