Churches Fighting Lockdowns

Churches Fighting Lockdowns

( – As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the battle between Conservatives and Liberals about what should reopen and what should remain closed. One of the biggest points of contention has become places of worship, especially after President Donald Trump issued a strong statement saying governors should open the facilities, or he will.

One California church took the fight to federal court against Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and what they perceive as a violation of their First Amendment rights.The South Bay United Pentecostal of Chula Vista, California filed suit with both the District and Circuit Court ruling against them. This prompted them to file an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Since it’s in the Ninth Circuit, the request will be heard by Justice Elaine Keegan.

Some Christian leaders in Syracuse, New York are decrying the double standard of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) orders in regards to both secular and religious activities. A Mosque in the area has been holding in-person services, while the churches have been relegated to drive-in or streaming only. From their point of view, this is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution which protects freedom of religion.

It doesn’t matter if a person is a Christian, Muslim or Jew, or even an atheist. The case from California bears close watching. Long ago, SCOTUS decided that the First Amendment, among others, applied to state governments as well as the federal, which makes this an issue for all Americans. Justice Keegan and potentially the rest of the court may need to make the difficult decision between public safety and the Constitution.

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