Well, good! This is a good move by the Supreme Court upholding the Constitution’s protections. Now, will the people of New York hold the tyrant governor, Andrew Cuomo, accountable to the law and bring him to justice or submit to him when he continues his unlawful behavior?
Gorsuch was furious at Roberts. This is what Barrett made possible. The constitution is coming back, at last pic.twitter.com/bn7dJNY2fz
— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@AaronWorthing) November 26, 2020
Huge win for religious liberty!
Bush screwed us with that guy. https://t.co/Wl66ltzjpA
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 26, 2020
The court ruled 5-4 against Cuomo in a request for an emergency injunction brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish group, against restrictions limiting services to ten people in some areas and 25 people in others.
In October, Governor Cuomo openly threatened to “close the synagogues” if they did not comply with his orders.
The decision read, in part:
Citing a variety of remarks made by the Governor, Agudath Israel argues that the Governor specifically targeted the Orthodox Jewish community and gerrymandered the boundaries of red and orange zones to ensure that heavily Orthodox areas were included. Both the Diocese and Agudath Israel maintain that the regulations treat houses of worship much more harshly than comparable secular facilities. And they tell us without contradiction that they have complied with all public health guidance, have implemented additional precautionary measures, and have operated at 25% or 33% capacity for months without a single outbreak.
The applicants have clearly established their entitlement to relief pending appellate review. They have shown that their First Amendment claims are likely to prevail, that denying them relief would lead to irreparable injury, and that granting relief would not harm the public interest.
In a red zone, while a synagogue or church may not admit more than 10 persons, businesses categorized as “essential” may admit as many people as they wish. And the list of “essential” businesses includes things such as acupuncture facilities, camp grounds, garages, as well as many whose services are not limited to those that can be regarded as essential, such as all plants manufacturing chemicals and microelectronics and all transportation facilities.
Stemming the spread of COVID–19 is unquestionably a compelling interest, but it is hard to see how the challenged regulations can be regarded as “narrowly tailored.” They are far more restrictive than any COVID–related regulations that have previously come be- fore the Court,2 much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard-hit by the pandemic, and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus at the applicants’ services.
Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.
Justice Neil Gorsuch issued a concurring opinion, as did Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Roberts wrote a dissenting opinion in which he noted that the governor had changed the restrictions the day after the lawsuit was filed. Justice Kavanaugh, however, pointed out that the underlying executive order was still in effect, meaning the governor needed to be constrained from changing the regulations again pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor joined in a dissent that cited the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and the Court’s traditional deference to local officials on matters involving scientific expertise.
Kagan and Sotomayor also issued a separate dissent.
Again, the question is when are the people of New York going to now arrest Governor Cuomo and bring him to justice? Or do they think that’s the end of it? Because if they leave it here, he’s just going to keep coming after them and their liberties.
Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media