The Supreme Court dropped a bombshell on California governor Gavin Newsom (D) this week by siding with California churches and blocking Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions.
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court granted temporary relief to the churches while the Ninth circuit court of appeals finishes handling the appeal. After that, the churches can petition the Supreme Court to take up the case.
The Supreme Court chose to block Newsom’s ban on indoor worship but left the capacity cap of 25% in place for the time being.
Justice Gorsuch and Thomas wrote that “Apparently, California is the only State in the country that has gone so far as to ban all indoor religious services. When a State so obviously targets religion for differential treatment, our job becomes that much clearer.”
To the surprise of no one, the three votes for Newsom came from the court’s liberal judges who predictably sided with Newsom’s authoritarian bans on worship.
This injunction will be a crucial part of the campaign to beat Governor Newsom and hold him accountable for violating his constituents’ civil rights.
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