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Opinion | Fireworks Over Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court says Cuomo’s restrictions on worship violate the First Amendment.

11/28/2020 2:15:00 AM

From WSJopinion: Americans have tolerated extraordinary restraints on their freedom in the pandemic, but it’s increasingly clear as we learn more about the virus that too many Governors have needlessly infringed on basic rights

The Supreme Court says Cuomo’s restrictions on worship violate the First Amendment.

Wow. That word rarely applies to Supreme Court opinions. But it does in our view tothe Court’s orderon Thanksgiving eve enjoining New York’s Covid-19 order restricting attendance at religious services. The Court is back as a sentinel protecting the free exercise of religion, even in a health emergency.

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The Court’s order is a temporary injunction pending review on the merits by lower courts and perhaps eventually the Justices. But the rhetorical firepower unleashed in six separate opinions shows that convictions run hot at the Court on this subject, as well they should given the stakes for American liberty that has itself been enjoined by politicians in the pandemic.

In an unsigned 5-4 per curiam decision, the Court blocked as discriminatory Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s arbitrary limits of 10 or 25 people in houses of worship in certain Covid hot spots. The petitions came from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America, which represents Orthodox Jews ( headtopics.com

Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo).“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten,” the Court writes. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

The Court explains that New York’s order treats houses of worship more harshly than what Mr. Cuomo considers “essential” businesses. Those include liquor stores, bike shops, acupuncturists, lawyers, accountants, and more. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »

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opinion We need to keep everyone safe. Suck it up and wear a mask. We wear seatbelts and don’t smoke in restaurants. Why is that any different? opinion The WSJ op-ed page is an idiot squad. opinion I recall that freedom of speech does not include yelling 'FIRE' in a crowded theater. It would seem this limitation is consistent with that idea. Fortunately I live in New Mexico, not New York, where our Catholic clergy decided to do the right thing not hold public mass.

opinion Yea....Let'm die for their freedom, eh? opinion opinion Too many Republican Governors have ignored scientists, doctors, nurses and all Heath care workers plea to wear a mask. They are responsible and complicit for thousands of needless deaths opinion Republicans opinion BS. In a Society Individual rights aren’t more important than common good. (Ie: Police - Public safety). This pandemic is a case of Public Health, way more important than one’s choice not to wear a mask. Idiotic and false logics like this have put the US in this shithole.

opinion Needlessly infringed on basic rights? What? Common sense restrictions that would lead us to a quicker recovery with fewer dead people, that’s infringement on basic rights? What kind of wimp wrote this? opinion Yes, Americans have “tolerated” restrictions - actions and policies to slow the spread of a lethal virus. What brave Patriots !! To toleration!

opinion SCOTUS exists to ensure states do not negate our constitutional rights ❗️❣️❤️🇺🇸 opinion Our governors are trying to keep us safe stop talking like trump opinion R U Kidding. Is wearing a mask that difficult!!! TrumpDeathToll262K ComplicitWSJ Thank God for most of the Governors. They acted to protect not kill Americans.

opinion Newsom, Cuomo, Murphy, Whitmer opinion gotta get that federal bailout cash opinion 1 million Americans will die between abortion and smoking. Where is outrage about this? opinion what freedom? 🧐😂 u muat mean FR33 and dumb opinion opinion opinion ...yeah...too much freedom...🙊🙈🙉 TheFormerLandOfFreedom...

opinion opinion Idiotic. No wonder the US are in the SHIT STORM they find themselves in. 'LiBerTy!' opinion When they say there's a wall between wsj & opinion, they aren't kidding. Most often, the wall of separation is comprised of logic, reason & common sense. Sealed with victimhood on the opinion side.

opinion Bullshit opinion Wrong article linked See headline opinion Bullshit, you COVIDIOTS! HOSPITALS ARE FULL, ICUs are full, 13 million + infected, nearly 265 thousand have died! opinion Sometimes it’s best to keep your opinion to yourself. opinion The New Mexico governor is a real piece of work. She is closing grocery stores if they have Covid instances. So people are standing in line in freezing cold weather to get food at the dwindling of still open grocery stores.

opinion This is why the Pope chose to write his OpEd in the NYT instead of the WSJ. 'It's all too easy for some to take an idea - in this case, for example, personal freedom- and turn it into an ideology, creating a prism through which they judge everything.' opinion What about those who work in health care! Unfortunately there are those who do not get it this virus can kill anyone and is very transmissible. The basic right should be to follow restriction for each other without government interference.SWO332 EbonnieProf

opinion Basic rights to make everybody else sick or die it seems kind of strange way to put it.😡 opinion Money over lives!!! opinion I feel bad for anyone forced out of work by tyrannical shutdowns, but please get the hell off Twitter and go make some money rather than beg. You’ll feel better. opinion Is there a similar editorial about the Patriot Act? Or the IRS targeting lower income people? Or the rights of families torn apart by gun violence?

opinion What a selfish and immature vision. opinion Derp. opinion 260,000+ people are unavailable to comment on your “opinion” opinion 3500 years ago the people of Israel were told: 1. *Exodus 30:18-21* Wash your hands. 2. *Leviticus 13:4,5,46* Keep your distance, cover your mouth and avoid all contact. 3. *Leviticus 13:4,5* Anyone infected was to remain in quarantine from 7 to 14 days.

opinion If state legislators enact restrictions representing the people... we can live with it. But if Governors of states bypass the legislature, and enact tyrannical edicts...as Whitmer in Michigan did... ....it is unconstitutional. NFW we will stand for it. opinion Yea, like Rocket Scientist Northam.

opinion Irruftable logic from Justice Gorsuch opinion Needlessly. Well, that's why it's called an opinion, I guess. I submit that all the people who believe in science just refuse to go anywhere or buy anything until the rest of the population catch up. opinion I only wish that doctors had 'medical liberty' not to treat people who used 'religious liberty' to get sick. Coronavirus and Jesus: both invisible to the human eye; but only ONE of these is real and will kill you.

opinion Trump has caused more loss of life, economic destruction, and profound, long-term damage to our country than any enemy in our history. opinion opinion Prophet Elijah is here to tell the Church that Jesus is coming soon so we need to repent. The Messiah is coming to judge this generation. God, Jehovah YAHWEH, God of Israel is HOLY. The Church must be HOLY too. MegaWordVigil