Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Freedom In 5-4 Vote. This Is The Judge Who Broke From Conservatives

(Liberty Bell) – Another serious blow to religious freedom in the United States.

The Supreme Court issued a rare ruling late Friday night against a California church which was challenging the state’s stay-at-home order, The Hill reports.

Chief Justice John Roberts broke from the other conserative justices by casting the fifth vote in California’s favor.

The case was brought by South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, who had said that coronavirus restrictions on churches had violated citizens’ religious freedom.

Roberts wrote in his opinion that the restrictions in place applied to non-religious gatherings as well, and so, did not discriminate against the faithful.


Above: Chief Justice John Roberts

“Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the free exercise clause of the First Amendment,” Roberts wrote.

“…Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports, and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time,” he continued.

The rest of the conservative justices on the court dissented; Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“The church and its congregants simply want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses,” Kavanaugh wrote. “California already trusts its residents and any number of businesses to adhere to proper social distancing and hygiene practices.”

He was referring to an order Newsom had made on Monday which allowed churches to operate at 25 percent capacity, after the lawsuit was filed, and the state had received a warning from the Department of Justice for discriminating arbitrarily against churches in their phased reopening plan.

Also on Friday, the ruling came the same day that the court denied a request from Illinois churches to remove coronavirus restrictions. The Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker had lifted his measures voluntarily after being threatened with a suit in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Last week, President Donald Trump called on the nation’s governors to open up churches after he declared houses of worship were “essential.”

Liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, and grocery stores have remained open and considered “essential” in many states amid coronavirus shutdowns, while churches were not allowed to operate even drive-in services.

Religious liberty is enshrined in the constitution.

To not be considered “essential” is to be discriminated against. For people of faith, there is no greater essential service than religious counsel and fellowship.

This sets a chilling precedence for First Amendment freedoms in our nation.

31 COMMENTS

  1. THEN THEY HAVE TAKEN AN ILLEGAL STAND AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION IN THE 1ST AMENDMENT CALLING FOR RELIGION TO NOT BE TOUCHED! THESE COURTS SUCK RIGHT FROM THE JUSTICE OF PEACE TO THE HIGHEST COURT OF THE LAND NOW DAYS!

  2. The progressives on the court,including Roberts has set themselves up as GOD,Hebrews 10:25, commands we “forsake not the assembling of ourselves together…”. Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey GOD rather than men”. See also Acts 4:19.A simple command, very easy to understand.

  3. Roberts votes the law, not the party. Isn’t that the way you say you want it? Not making law but interpreteing it. I don’t care if you all get together for church. That’s your right.
    I just don’t want you to come out and make us all sick. That’s MY right.So go to church and stay there until it over.
    You can’t go anywhere in a big crowd, it’s not hard to figure out.
    “What you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me”

  4. Once again I read a lot of grumbling and groaning and although much of it is warranted I must ask, besides voting, what are any of you going to do about this godless country of ours?
    I walked this planet for 40 years never once, not ONCE did I ever hear about sin, judgement and righteousness! Those who have been “christian” for anything longer the a few years, are you witnessing to your family, friends and neighbors? Well you’d better start because that’s the ONLY way this country is going to turn around, when EVERYONE understands that they are NOT good people, that they are covered in sin and that they need an amazing SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!
    Now go spread the good news, you’ve been
    commanded to do so:
    Matthew 28:19–20 (NAS): 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
    20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  5. Roberts is no conservative, he’s a “sleeper” Progressive and votes to the left on important issues every time.

  6. The founders were very clear on this point(and he knows it). There is to be a wall of separation between church and state. Liberals like to use it to their advantage when convenient. Roberts has trampled the constitution in his “decision” on health insurance, and now again on religion. Not a proud day for him, the court, or the nation.

  7. None of this mess here on earth will get right until Jesus Christ himself comes back. When he comes I pray we all be ready! He’s coming my brothers and sisters! So bare this in mind, it won’t be water but fire 🔥 the next time! Glory be to God!

  8. I have said for years that Obama has something on him. He needs to resign so true conservative can be put on the court

  9. So, now they will install ISLAM…??? Under ISLAM there is only ISLAM…..NO Religious FREEDOMS….!!!!!

    • Very disappointed!!! Churches should NEVER be closed!!! Goes against everything our founding fathers believed in!!!

  10. Hugo Aguilera it baffles me that you dare to post a comment all caps in Spanish. No wonder nobody will pay attention to your comment and it will be utterly useless. I wonder what on earth did prompt you to do that. When ever I am in company I know for sure don’t speak Spanish, I speak in English out of courtesy and deference to those around me. FYI this is a website in ENGLISH, which happens to be the language generally in use in every aspect of life in this country. Please learn the language and assimilate if you live here, or don’t even bother to post in any other language than English if you don’t.

  11. Roberts is not conservative justice. He sides with the liberal left more often as time goes by and should not be given any kudos by any true patriot and he will not be comfortable when he is brought before the judgement bar of Christ and he will quake quite a lot in his shoes and wish that he was not there.

  12. We must band together again unlawful decrees and unjust laws. God demands that we do such. Roberts is pathetic. His siding with liberals isn’t the big deal but it’s the other 4 who are so biased against Christians it’s palpable. God will not be mocked. Thus garbage has to happen to awake His people. They are not His. The devils rules their hearts.

  13. The Chief Justice has struck again! This is either the second or third time that he has voted with the Liberals in an important judicial decision! He was appointed to the Bench by Bush 43 if I’m not mistaken, which isn’t outside the realm of possibility! His first Supreme Court decision ruled on the Constitutional status of Obamacare, and his decision that Obamacare was a “tax” and therefore Constitutional made my jaw go slack! His latest opinion comes as no surprise!

  14. LA LIBERTAD DE CULTOS NO ESTA SIENDO COARTADA POR LOS MIEMBROS DE LA SUPREMA CORTE, EN NINGÚN OMENTO CUANDO SE ESTA EVITANDO UN MAL SOCIAL DE SALUD AL GRUESO DE LA POBLACIÓN ESTADOUNIDENSE.
    NO LE FALTAN EN NINGÚN MOMENTO A DIOS NUESTRO SEÑOR JESUCRISTO, AL CUMPLIR CON SUS OBLIGACIONES DE CUIDAR EL BIENESTAR DE LA POBLACIÓN
    SERIA BUENO QUE LOS OFENDIDOS RELIGIOSOS DENOMINACIONALES DESDE HACE MUCHOS AÑOS SE DEBIERON DE MANIFESTAR EN CONTRA DE LOS MENTORES DE LA “EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA” POR ESTAR A CADA MOMENTO DICIENDO QUE LOS CRISTIANOS TENEMOS UN DIOS MENTIROSO QUE DICE QUE LOS SERES HUMANOS VENIMOS DE UNA PAREJA ORIGINAL FORMADA POR ADAN Y EVA YA QUE SEGÚN ELLOS SU “SABIDURÍA” LES DICE QUE EL SER HUMANO QUE HABITA ESTE PLANETA PORVIENE DEL MONO, COMO UN PROCESO DE LA EVOLUCION DE LAS ESPECIES, LO QUE ES UNA SOBERANA MENTIRA.

  15. I knew it was Roberts even before I saw his name in the article. He was picked as a conservative but he has been a liberal in conservative clothing since day one. Always has been. I hate little sneer/smile he always has on his face (like saying, I snookered you people really good). Trump needs to get more conservatives in before he leaves. That is why it is so important that he get re-elected. Or our constitution will go down the drain.

  16. Very dissapointed in Chief Justice John Roberts. Concerts are NOT protected by the First Amendment Mr. Roberts! Our founding fathers new that Religion helps to calm, advocate peace and gives people that practice whatever faith a sense of sympathy and empathy for others. You have lost your way Justice Roberts 🙁

  17. Well ain’t that just like a traitor! he who goes against the Word of God shall perish by his own hand!!! So what happened with SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE???? Another twist to fit his agenda and that of his democratic cohorts in crime…..

  18. Robert’s has proven his dedication to the left’s communist agenda. He no longer believes in the constitution and should be removed from the court.

    • Completely agree. If it wasn’t for Roberts, obamacare would never have happened. Wonder what his Cayman Islands account looks like?

  19. Do not take away any religious freedom. The very essence of faith is that God is in charge, not government. However, if people choose to go out, they are responsible for medical bills.

  20. This will only serve to enable the gospel to flourish as never before. Indeed. Now let God arise in the hearts of God’s faithful followers and spread in the Us like they are doing in the “closed” country of China. Over 100 million believers meet “underground” where they are forbidden to congregate at all. So remember you are dealing with God–and when you fight against Him you lose.

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