(NewsReady.com) – The issue of restricting church services in the wake of COVID-19 has been a primary contention point among Americans. On one hand, everyone wants to safely continue their lives and believe that means a ban on all gatherings. On the other, religious expression is protected under the Constitution and some feel discriminated against. A recent ruling clarified the issue for Kentucky residents.
During the height of quarantine measures in March and April, some states went after worshippers. For instance, a church in Mississippi held an Easter gathering where everyone stayed in their cars with their windows up listening to the radio. Everyone was given a $500 fine, though charges were later dropped. It didn’t take long for Attorney General William Barr to step in to protect civil liberty abuses.
That trend of protecting churchgoers at the federal level is being expanded upon.
Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear (D) implemented a ban on in-person church services, which sparked a lawsuit. US District Court Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled in favor of practitioners of faith, granting a temporary restraining order against the governor.
Tatenhove said, if social distancing practices are good enough for big retailers, then they’re good enough to allow churches to convene. As he and Barr have said in their pursuit to protect our freedoms, Constitutional rights can’t be shelved, even in the case of a pandemic.
Churches in California are also congregating in spite of Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) orders.
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The need for freedom seems to be taking center stage. After months in quarantine and witnessing the resulting economic devastation, people are ready to get on with their lives. And, they have every right to do so under the Constitution when it comes to practicing their faith.
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