SCOTUS Slices Newsom’s Political Power Grip Lifting Restrictions On In-Home Religious Gatherings
OPINION | This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.
On Friday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a huge blow to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s limits on people gathering from different homes for religious purposes by ruling in favor of lifting the restrictions.
The court vote was 5-4 with business as usual Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting but not signing the dissenting statement submitted by justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer. What a coward.
By 5-4 vote (Chief and three liberals in dissent), Supreme Court yesterday overturned Ninth Circuit’s failure to grant an injunction against California covid order forbidding worship service in home. https://t.co/eyjy7oI3oJ
Majority’s frustration with Ninth Circuit is clear. pic.twitter.com/6AoECCuzQV
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) April 10, 2021
This is certainly a win for the American people but not a win for democrats. Meanwhile, California continues to lead other states in a lot of aspects, especially self-destruction. Once a truly great state and even a model for others, it is now a complete mess, thanks, especially to the liberal political class. Recalling Newsom would be a tiny but positive step in the right direction for California.
Maybe I’ve been under a rock, but I’ve told my podcast listeners that Democrats don’t stop until they win. I did not know that the Supreme court has rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California coronavirus restrictions five previous times.
The ruling states, “Otherwise, precautions that suffice for other activities suffice for religious exercise too,” the majority opinion said, adding 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.”
Thank Trump’s appointment of the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court. The “progressive” judicial activists in this country have long held the “Joe Biden” belief that no Constitutional Amendment is absolute and have instead advocated and taught various intellectual games that they play to justify any result that they want. It is refreshing to see the pendulum starting to turn and once again credit Trump for what is possibly his greatest legacy.
Protesters beginning in June were given free rein to protest outside or indoors in groups of any size with the blessing of the city, state, and local Government in California while religious gatherings were banned. From just June 15-July 15, there were more than 1,000 protest events outdoors and indoors in California. None were stopped as Covid surged for the first time than in July in California after being managed. This is the truth our media won’t say. Government can not pick and choose which gatherings to support or ban legally per the Constitution. This is what they did in California for months.
I want to suggest that when and if we ever have a Republican President and a majority Republican Senate ever again, a priority is placed on SCOTUS nominations and appointments within the 9th Circuit Judicial appointments. It is grossly unjust to citizens in the West that we must currently Iive with 9th Circuit Judges who do not see it as their role to ensure that our laws and our constitution are upheld and applied – as has now been proven time and time again 9th Circuit Judges go against our laws and our Constitution. Citizens should never be in doubt that their Justice system upholds the law and the constitution.
I see this as a victory for the rule of law and our Constitution. For the first time in generations, we have a majority of Justices who ensure that our laws and our Constitution are adhered to – and we should celebrate that.
While, as a religious person, I am pleased that “Faith won,” for me, it’s more important that our laws and our Constitution are being applied as they should be. Thank you, Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, Justice Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh, and Justice Coney-Barrett.
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