Pastors, watch out. John Roberts is wrong and it matters.
By The Christian Post
Chief Justice John Roberts is wrong. In casting the deciding vote to uphold California’s onerous restrictions on religious worship services, the Chief Justice stated that he thought that California’s restrictions “appear consistent with the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.” He argues that similar or more severe restrictions apply to “comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, … spectator sports and theatrical performances.” This is a crucial, unconstitutional misjudgment. None of these other institutions are mentioned in the First Amendment. Religious exercise is, and, it’s mentioned first among our nation’s freedoms.
Roberts’ decision is contrary to over two centuries of legal precedent, which has recognized that churches and religious gatherings have special protections and the state must show “a compelling interest” in order to limit it. Such an interest is absent here given the safety measures that the petitioning church had put in place.
Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court’s conservative block, made up of Associate Justices Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch, dissented vigorously. Justice Kavanaugh, writing for the minority, explained that the California executive order “discriminates against places of worship and in favor of comparable secular businesses. Such discrimination violates the First Amendment.”
Source:The Christian Post