The temporary decision was 5-4 with new Justice Barrett the deciding vote….
This is NOT a good thing….
Up to now the court have affirmed the power of state officials to use their powers to protect the health and safety of all of us with a sacrifice in the numbers of people attending religious service’s….
The Governor and Mayor have had a running battle with the cities Jewish communities who do large get together ‘s for services and other events….
Those events have been virus super spreader’s in the past….
One hopes city and state officials can find some way to keep a cap on this…..
A failure to do so could plunge the whole region back into situation like rest of the country is experiencing….
The ruling applies to other regions groups also…
The challenge was borough before the court by Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the other by two synagogues, an Orthodox Jewish organization and two individuals.
Could they use some common sense and abide by the efforts to protect the health of others?
The Supreme Court late Wednesday night barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had imposed to combat the coronavirus.
The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three liberal members in dissent. The order was the first in which the court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, played a decisive role.
The court’s ruling was at odds with earlier ones concerning churches in California and Nevada. In those cases, decided in May and July, the court allowed the states’ governors to restrict attendance at religious services.
The Supreme Court’s membership has changed since then, with Justice Barrett succeeding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September. The vote in the earlier cases was also 5 to 4, but in the opposite direction, with Chief Justice Roberts joining Justice Ginsburg and the other three members of what was then the court’s four-member liberal wing.
In an unsigned opinion, the majority said Mr. Cuomo’s restrictions violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion….
If in fact the court’s ruling leads to renewed virus infection spikes ?
Some MUST be done to get around the courts decision for the safety of the rest of the area’s these religious groups are surrounded by….
The ruling is without any forethought about people’s health and Safety….