The United States Supreme Court is facing several major cases.
And just before midnight on Thanksgiving, the court weighed in with a major decision.
That resulted in the Supreme Court hitting the Democrats with a defeat that left them red with rage.
President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court paid immediate dividends when she provided the fifth and decisive vote in a case blocking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s capacity limits on religious services.
Justice Neil Gorsuch – another Trump appointee – authored the majority opinion rejecting this attempt to use the coronavirus to claim the Constitution no longer exists.
“It is time – past time – to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues and mosques,” Justice Gorsuch argued.
Justice Gorsuch held that the limits on religious services were arbitrary since Governor Cuomo permitted higher capacity limits for liquor stores, bike repair shops, and hardware stores, which Gorsuch noted line up perfectly with secular liberals’ policy preferences.
“At the same time, the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers ‘essential.’ And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too. So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians. Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?” Gorsuch added.
In a previous case, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the courts four liberals to reject a challenge to religious service capacity limits.
But with Amy Coney Barrett replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court, the conservatives now have a five justice majority.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.