Remember the days when criminalizing in-home church gatherings was something that only happened in communist countries like China?
It’s a bit ironic then that, in response to a virus that came from China, U.S. elected officials imposed CCP-like measures on Americans to “slow the spread” of the coronavirus, including unconstitutional restrictions on our First Amendment rights.
While many states adopted tyrannical tactics of governance, California implemented some of the most extreme and nonsensical rules when it came to religious freedom.
Thankfully, it turns out that the United States Supreme Court believes that the Constitution should not be suspended in times of crisis, especially not subjective times of crisis that so many Leftist governors and mayors across America are using as an excuse to maintain power.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote on Friday that it is not constitutional for California to impose coronavirus restrictions on in-home religious gatherings.
The majority of justices, including Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, cited the First Amendment right to religious freedom for people to gather as they wish for prayer groups, Bible studies, or other in-home religious gatherings.
Current California law restricts religious gatherings to just three households or less within one home, while other secular activities are given more flexibility.
Justices argued that it is discriminatory to allow hair salons, movie theaters, and other non-religious places of business, to have more than three households, but not churches or in-home religious gatherings.
“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 restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time,” the majority opinion stated.
The court slammed the State’s pattern of treating workplaces preferentially to religious gatherings as the “fifth time” the Court has overturned California’s coronavirus restrictions on them.
“The State cannot assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work,’” it added. “This is the fifth time the Court has summarily rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California’s COVID restrictions on religious exercise.”
The dissenting opinion, including the three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts, simply argued that California doesn’t have to treat in-home religious gatherings the same as any other secular gathering because, “The law does not require that the State equally treat apples and watermelons.”
Once again, I’m no legal mind or Supreme Court Justice, but the Constitution clearly states the government “shall make no law” prohibiting the free exercise of religion.
It’s disheartening to see that the anti-God movement has taken root so deep in America that even four Supreme Court Justices cannot separate their bias from the supreme law of the land. However, in this case, justice prevailed and Californians are free to resume worshipping God within the privacy of their own homes with as many households as they please.