The Supreme Court has finally sided with conservatives. In a recent case related to COVID lockdowns, the court issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of removing restrictions on in-home religious gatherings.
All three of the left-wing members of the court, Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, voted against religious freedom. One “Republican” justice joined them in their dissent: Chief Justice John Roberts, who has lost all respect of the conservative Americans that he once stood for.
According to the ruling, prior to limiting religious gatherings, the government must prove that they pose a greater risk than other non-religious gatherings that are not prohibited, such as shopping or eating at a restaurant.
“Otherwise, precautions that suffice for other activities suffice for religious exercise too,” read the majority opinion, which added that California “treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor dining at restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time.”
The ruling also noted that a state cannot “assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.”
“(California) has adopted a blanket restriction on at-home gatherings of all kinds, religious and secular alike,” Kagan wrote in the dissent. “The law does not require that the State equally treat apples and watermelons.”
This decision by the Supreme Court overturned the previous ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court in California.
“The state reasonably concluded that when people gather in social settings, their interactions are likely to be longer than they would be in a commercial setting; that participants in a social gathering are more likely to be involved in prolonged conversations; that private houses are typically smaller and less ventilated than commercial establishments; and that social distancing and mask-wearing are less likely in private settings and enforcement is more difficult,” said the Ninth Circuit in their ruling.
The Bottom Line
If the Supreme Court was doing their job of upholding the Constitution, this ruling would have been 9-0. Further, the ruling would have said that the government cannot restrict religious gatherings at all. Instead, five justices made it more difficult — but not impossible — for the government to infringe on the American people’s right to worship freely. It was no surprise that Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2001, sided with the left against religious freedom. Roberts has been siding with the left for some time now, and conservatives are sick of it.
John Roberts has done more damage to the Supreme Court over the last 15 years than any other Justice in US History.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) December 18, 2020