Moments ago, the Supreme Court blocked Governor Cuomo’s rules in New York that severely restricted gatherings at houses of worship. As you know, Cuomo has repeatedly allowed BLM protests by the tens of thousands, yet he opposes almost any religious gathering.
As fate would have it, Amy Coney Barrett helped tipped the scales to a 5-4 vote against Cuomo’s dictatorial orders. Justice Roberts showed his true colors once again by voting with the liberals.
Here’s the breaking news from USA Today:
The court’s new, more conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s limits on churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to 10 or 25 worshipers in hard-hit regions violated the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause. Previously, they were allowed to operate at 25% capacity.
It was a reversal from earlier actions taken by the high court in response to state restrictions on organized religion during the coronavirus pandemic. The justices previously refused to lift restrictions on churches in California and Nevada, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four liberals in upholding state restrictions.
But since then, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was succeeded by Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority. Roberts and the three liberal justices dissented.
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