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Since the COVID pandemic started, I have not physically gone to church out of safety concerns but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t done everything to be there.

My church does the drive-in thing where they set up a radio hookup so that you can tune into an empty station and listen to the service from your car. That and we get about ten minutes of time on the phone with the pastor every week.

If you don’t want to go, that should be your decision and your decision alone. The government should not be telling you that.

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from  reestablishing his draconian strict attendance caps at worship services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus.

The court ruled 5-4 to block Cuomo from enforcing his October 6 “Cluster Initiative” against  churches and other houses of worship that sued to challenge his unamerican restrictions.

The ruling is the first in which Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a decisive role.   Barrett, who was President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, joined the court on October. 27, after being confirmed by the US Senate after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18.

Meanwhile, it’s being reported that Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing in the dissenting opinion, but I wish they would stop reporting on him that way, because John Roberts IS of the court’s liberal wing.  The leftists on the court’s dissent was that the court had acted rashly.  According to the Constitution, the New York Governor is the one who acted rashly.

In an Orwellian fashion, Cuomo’s plan created a color-coded system on the limits of large gatherings and on businesses, supposedly to help stop an outbreak in NYC where cases were allegedly surging.

His orders were aimed at worship services at some synagogues and Roman Catholic churches in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, according to Bloomberg.

In the red zones, deemed the hardest-hit areas, the state limited attendance in houses of worship down to only 25 percent of their lawful occupancy  or 10 people, whichever is fewer.  The majority of complaints said the governor’s limits violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.  And they are right.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the concurring opinion that Cuomo treated religious activities less favorably than nonreligious ones, according to the New York Times.  That goes against the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.  And religion has Constitutional rights.

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