Supreme Court Hands Religious Freedom Victory to Clerics

Supreme Court Hands Religious Freedom Victory to Clerics

(TargetLiberty.org) – The Supreme Court struck a blow for freedom on Tuesday, supporting New Jersey religious leaders who are locked in a dispute with Governor Phil Murphy (D) over the size of their congregations. Now, the clerics will get another chance to overturn the restrictions in district court.

On November 16, Murphy signed an executive order limiting religious services to 25% of the building’s capacity, up to a maximum of 150 people. Meanwhile, stores and other businesses can operate under much looser restrictions.

Reverend Kevin Robinson and Rabbi Yisrael Knopfler, who had contested an earlier crackdown on worship in the New Jersey District Court but lost the case, pushed their case to the Supreme Court – and, in a December 15 ruling, the Justices vacated the earlier District Court judgment. Instead, they ordered a new hearing, which has to take into account the Supreme Court’s November 25 ruling that New York governor Andrew Cuomo couldn’t put extra restrictions on churches. The Supreme Court clearly wants to make sure religious worship is treated fairly under the law, instead of being targeted by power-mad governors.

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