Updated: Feb 8
J. Robert Smith is a contributor at American Thinker. His latest article on elections fraud and the imperative to make substantial elections reforms before the 2022 midterm elections can be found here.
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the obvious: churches have a 1st Amendment right to conduct indoor services. It was a partial victory for places of worship. Of course, owing to the times, SCOTUS made room for the so-called “administrative state,” which is nothing more than a bureaucratic nanny state or, at its worst, outright tyranny.
Per The Epoch Times, February 6, 2021:
The nation’s top court issued orders in two cases, siding with churches that had protested the state banning indoor services. But the court did not agree to strike down prohibitions on singing and chanting during indoor services, and will not block California from imposing 25 percent capacity restrictions in areas deemed Tier 1 on a scale of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus transmission.
It’s worth noting, again and again, the sheer hypocrisy of state restrictions in the teeth of a declared “public health crisis.” Grocery and big box stores are heavily trafficked daily by consumers wearing shoddy homemade and flimsy disposable masks, which really don’t work effectively, and who social distance inadequately. These stores aren’t “super-spreaders?” Should we suppose that COVID and government officials struck some sort of deal to keep the bug out of Kroger’s, Safeway, Publix, Walmart, Meijer’s, Home Depot, or you name it?
And if masks and social distancing were as effective as advocates claim, why the surge in COVID cases across the country this autumn and winter?
Attending religious services is a constitutionally embedded right, not a privilege, and micromanaging how attendees’ worship is prohibited, too (short of animal and human abuse or sacrifice!). Yet, in many jurisdictions, pot dispensaries and abortion clinics are deemed essential. Praising God matters less to these modern heathens than getting high or killing babies in the womb. But it’s good to see their priorities. It’s good to clearly see who we’re up against.
So, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was a disappointment, in that the Court should have made a robust defense of citizens’ right to worship. Instead, they split differences, preferring to play cheap politics. We should expect much more than that from supposed defenders of the U.S. Constitution.
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