September 20, 2021

Supreme Court rules in favor of churches in latest California lockdown challenge

Though the Supreme Court of the United States has handed down some disappointing decisions over the last several weeks, they’ve gotten one thing right: Upholding religious liberty in the locked-down state of California.

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that churches can begin meeting indoors as a case suing the state over its draconian rules regulating worship services works its way through the state’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fox News reported:

The U.S. Supreme Court handed California churches a victory Friday, granting injunctive relief to a group that had sued over coronavirus lockdown rules that banned indoor services.

The churches will be allowed to hold indoor services as they await a decision on their appeal in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing their case but had denied a motion to suspend the ban during it.

The churches sued Santa Clara County earlier this month after the county continued to ban indoor services despite an earlier Supreme Court ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s complete ban violated the First Amendment, according to the Bay Area’s Mercury News.

The county argued that its ban was allowed because it did not single out religious gatherings.

But the Supreme Court’s order will prevent the county from enforcing the ban until the 9th Circuit case concludes.

This is another major win for religious liberty in a state that seems hell-bent on preventing churches from returning to full-capacity worship services.

The high court ruled earlier in 2021 that churches can return to 25 percent capacity indoor services after a long, drawn-out legal battle, but Santa Clara County continued to refuse to allow churches within the county to exercise their right to gather, triggering another lawsuit.

Once again, the court has ruled on the side of religious liberty — though the liberal contingent of the court isn’t happy about it.

“Justices of this court are not scientists,” liberal Justice Elaina Kagan wrote in dissent. “Nor do we know much about public health policy. Yet today the court displaces the judgments of experts about how to respond to a raging pandemic. The court orders California to weaken its restrictions on public gatherings by making a special exception for worship services.”

California continues to experience cratering rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, yet Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom refuses to give up his iron grip on the state’s nearly 40 million residents.

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Jill Ellis (@guest_1155683)
6 months ago

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE FOR A REASON

Samuel Meachem (@guest_1155692)
6 months ago

Well, they finally did something for our Country. Why can’t they stick to our Declaration of Independence for everything. Amy Barret is a disgrace to the Catholic Church and her, supposed religious belief’s. She left the SCOTUS disregard the fact that the Democrats stole the election.

Helga Renfro (@guest_1156023)
Reply to  Samuel Meachem
6 months ago

amazing isn’t it that for once they sided against the evil democrats. I have lost all respect for the supreme court and making one decent decision will not change m about these creeps. They are just another arm of the satanic democrats.

Ray Madeja (@guest_1156435)
Reply to  Samuel Meachem
6 months ago

Big deal they refuse to look at the election they are the perfect supreme court for our banana republic

Robert W (@guest_1156499)
Reply to  Samuel Meachem
6 months ago

I think Barrett was excused from that decision due to the fact that she wasn’t a SCOTUS judge in Nov when the decision was made on the challenges to the Nov election !!

ted (@guest_1155702)
6 months ago

The reason for separation is to prevent government from dictating what we can worship not to prevent citizens from worshipping. Most folks do not need government to tell them how to take care of their health.

rm (@guest_1155772)
Reply to  ted
6 months ago

Ted, Exactly. Churches are needed more during this pandemic. There are several sorry SOB state governors who need to be impeached immediately. “Garbage” Newsome, “Heil” Pritzker, “Wasted” Whitmer, “Sly” Wolf, “Whigger” Northam, and more….

Rodney (@guest_1155706)
6 months ago

Big whoop. It’s just an injunction allowing churches to hold indoor gatherings UNTIL the 9th circus has a chance to rule against them. The 9th circus will find some reason to uphold Newsom’s order and then it will have to go back to the US Supreme Court. It’s how they play the game… run up the costs to the plaintiff’s until they throw their hands up and/or are broke.

Mark (@guest_1155740)
Reply to  Rodney
6 months ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking! How do you call it a victory if it’s going to be decided by the 9th circuit?

Ray JB (@guest_1155707)
6 months ago

I have limited funds and no money available to contribute. However: I fully support what you are doing. HOW CAN MITCH MCCONNELL, MITT ROMNEY, THE SUPREME COURT (and others) BE SO BLIND AND IGNORANT? IT IS “INTUITIVELY CLEAR TO EVEN THE MOST CASUAL OBSERVER” THAT THIS ELECTION WAS FRAUGHT WITH FRAUD TO OVERRIDE THE LEGITIMATE VOTES!!!!FURTHERMORE; THE SENATE AND HOUSE WERE DERELICT IN THEIR DUTY TO VERIFY ALL LEGITIMATE VOTES WERE COUNTED, AND ENSURE THAT ALL NON-LEGITIMATE VOTES WERE REJECTED!!!!I fully support President Donald J Trump, recognize he truly loves this country and stands firmly for what is right, for the Constitution and for We The People of The United States of America. There is a very huge silent majority who recognizes that We as well as He are under attack by the radical left. Democ’rats. (Which is what the Democrat Party needs to be renamed as that name accurately reflects their Attitude and Hate for all that is good for our nation.) Democ’rats should never be referred to as being the Democratic Party, because there isn’t anything in their platform or conduct that indicates they adhere to Democratic principles. Anyone who refers to them as being Democratic or being The Democratic Party is either ignorant or lacks even an ounce of intelligence. Just make sure as Republican members/candidates for the Senate and House you will fully support and stand with President Donald J Trump, truly love this country and stand firmly for what is right for the Constitution and We The People of The United States of America. If you do, I am confident the huge silent majority will elect/retain you to represent them. DO IT!

Larry Turman (@guest_1155746)
Reply to  Ray JB
6 months ago

I,TOTALLY AGREE. THIS PAST ELECTION WAS ANYTHING BUT LEGAL. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK THE LEAD OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AWAY FROM THE STATUS QUO. RETURNED OUR TAX MONEY,BROUGHT BUSINESS & COMMERCE BACK. TURNED OUR ECONOMY AROUND. ADDED MANY JOB’S SO PEOPLE COULD TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. STOPPED ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSING. RAISED THE WAGES OF MANY. REBUILT OUR MILITARY. JUST FOR STARTERS. AND THE SUPREME COURT CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO HEAR ALL THE EVIDENCE OF THE FRAUD. AND VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE NO LONGER CAN PUT TRUST IN OUR GOVERNMENT OR THE COURT SYSTEM. I JUST WONDER WHEN AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO START A FULL OUT CIVIL WAR. GUARANTEED BY THE LEGAL USE OF ARMS AGAINST AN OUT OF CONTROL LEGISLATOR. WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE REPRESENTED NOT SPECIAL INTEREST.

Patriot II (@guest_1155781)
Reply to  Larry Turman
6 months ago

Mess with the 2nd Amend. and the SWHTF!!!!!!

Georg (@guest_1156141)
Reply to  Patriot II
6 months ago

It will hit hardest in California where this criminality started. California relies on the I-8, I-10, I-80, I-5 and the I-95. Choke off these Highways and you can bring down California and their Tech Tyrannts.

jb (@guest_1155777)
Reply to  Ray JB
6 months ago

Yep their new name should be the CCPRAT party

WoodieThompson (@guest_1155709)
6 months ago

We dont look to the supreme court for scientific rulings ! As the name implies you are a court of law. So please simply rule on that !

Mary (@guest_1155888)
Reply to  WoodieThompson
6 months ago

Amen, Woodie!

James B Jacobs (@guest_1155713)
6 months ago

The bars and night clubs are essential businesses? Churches are not? The only reason I can see is the fact that bars, liquor stores and night clubs pay more taxes than churches do. Could that be the difference? I don’t know what else it could be.

jb (@guest_1155784)
Reply to  James B Jacobs
6 months ago

It comes down to control, they cannot control you fully if you have faith elsewhere

Barbara McKelvey (@guest_1155719)
6 months ago

i am glad the supreme court helped churches but it should be all states. by not listening to the cases proving the election was a fraud and donald trump is are real president. I hate our government for hurting all americans and praising minorities that are illegal. We need to take control of this country NOW! before biden totally destroys our country. we are not raceist,

Steven Keller (@guest_1155722)
6 months ago

“Raging pandemic?” really? seen the case count cliff-dive following after January 20th? Oh, yeah; I forgot: please dont confuse a leftist with the facts…..

Larry Turman (@guest_1155753)
6 months ago

Our Constitution guarantees OUR right to religious beliefs. It doesn’t mention anything about protecting BAR’S AND RESTAURANTS. THE LEFT IS ANTI-CHRISTIAN ANTI-AMERICAN
THESE DEMOCRATS HAVE NO PLACE IN A REPUBLIC. WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY.

Thomas F Berger (@guest_1155767)
6 months ago

The First Amendment…mind your own business when it comes to a person’s right to worship. The virus excuse is political not science and not medical. The Supreme Court needs to do some homework…..especially Judge Kagan. Try reading the gbdeclaration.org where over50,000 researchers and scientist agree that politicians need to back off this so called media made pandemic. We need to return to herd immunity and if we have to start little by little. We are doing nothing but at least congregations are showing that we can begin to return to normal little by little. The media has promoted ‘fear’ in the minds of many and judges given the responsibility to correct the lie need to do some homework and rule or give an opinion on common sense and science not “I am not an expert” excuse. Then recuse yourself if you are that hidden from the mess our country is in. Small businesses are hurting or have lost everything. Giving people some money does not return dignity to those self employed who grew their business only to have some ignorant vote pleaser politicians put them out of business in a moment….not slowly but you must close period! Ridiculous and Shameful!!

Gail431 (@guest_1155787)
6 months ago

Everything should be open and the masks burnt to a chrisp! The survival rate is 99.9% and people are so controlled like a dog with a muzzle and a leash! God gave us the breath of life and he in whom i trust, let God do the leading not man! Guess you people not only have no backbone you don’t believe God either, he is our shield and our protector now stand for something or faint like a hot house Lilly! They are taking our rights away and you still refuse to listen to truth! Turn of the MSM news for one stop being scared of a germ! We have lived through many germs when they tell you 100 million died from the covid they are getting paid big money to say they died of covid our doctors are all in on it pushing a vaccine that will kill you changing your DNA!

David Chaffey (@guest_1156736)
Reply to  Gail431
6 months ago

Sorry Gail431, but you are believing in Fairy tales. I am a 66 year old man with several underlying medical conditions. I have received both doses of the Moderna vaccine in my home city of Modesto, Ca. My DNA has not changed, I feel no different than before I took the vaccine and I still am a 100% Trump supporter, as well as a Conservative, Catholic, Pro-Life Republican. I also still dislike our present Administration intensely. Quit listening to the Wacked-out conspiracy theories about the vaccines, Gail. I am amazed at the crap that people will swallow, just because it circulates online. I quit listening to fairy tales when I graduated Kindergarten. Give me a BREAK, PEOPLE! LOLOLOLOL.

Doug Litchfield (@guest_1155849)
6 months ago

It’s all about keeping lawyers employed and draining pocketbooks. Most care less about the result of the case as long as the meter keeps running. It’s called fleecing 101 at law school.

Fed Up (@guest_1156074)
Reply to  Doug Litchfield
6 months ago

Just like the border FIASCO! Lawyers making BIG BUCKS on our dime!

Gary m (@guest_1155883)
6 months ago

I don’t think that he ordered any such attack, I think that someone else in the administration did. Which leads me to ask who is really running things. I doubt that it is Old Joe??? How long are we to wait before we get him a straight jacket.

Billy Wilson (@guest_1155897)
6 months ago

Communists want to destroy this nation Democrat’s are helping.

Marie (@guest_1155921)
6 months ago

If freedom of speech is taken away.
Then dumb and silent we will be led like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

J (@guest_1156027)
6 months ago

DID ANYONE OF YOU VOTE AND SIGN THE RECALL FOR NEWSOM? I SIGNED IT AND GOT ANOTHER IN THE MAIL.
GO TO CHANGE.ORG, SIGN THE PETITION. mAKE A NEW ONE FOR IMPEACHMENTS ETC. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE SIGNING THE RECALL FOR NEWSOME.

J (@guest_1156031)
6 months ago

DEMOCRATS ARE COMMUNIST!!!

bebe (@guest_1156107)
6 months ago

Finally the supreme court did something for the people of CA. It would have been nice if they did their jobs when it came to the election, maybe if they stood up for the constitution of this country, we might have been in a better place instead of the sewer with the rest of the corrupt democrats

bebe (@guest_1156111)
6 months ago

Finally the supreme court did something for the people of CA. It would have been nice if they did their jobs when it came to the election, maybe if they stood up for the constitution of this country, we might have been in a better place instead of the sewer with the rest of the corrupt democrats.

raymond lombardi (@guest_1156507)
6 months ago

Gavin needs to be removed asap!

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