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Justice Alito cited two cases earlier this year in which the High Court sided with states while claiming the Coronavirus as the reason for restrictions on the size of religious gatherings. In May, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by a California church challenging attendance limits at worship services.
The justices turned away a similar challenge by a Nevada church in July. The High Court ruled 5-4 in both cases, allowing the limitations to continue. Alito said that the resulting restrictions “blatantly discriminated against houses of worship” and he added that he believed religious liberty is in danger of becoming a “second-class” right.
“Is our country going to follow that course?” Alito said. “The question we face is whether our society will be inclusive enough to tolerate people with unpopular religious beliefs.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Churches have a constitutional right to meet and the First Amendment does not disappear during a crisis. It is encouraging that Justice Samuel Alito clearly understands that states are violating and discriminating against church members’ religious freedom. This unconstitutional hostility against religious worship must end.” Liberty Counsel is a public law firm and a news partner with the Montana News.
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