Civil rights advocates say recent decision confirms science is constrained by individual liberty
November 30, 2020 – BUFFALO, N.Y. – According to Scotusblog.com, the U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday night granted requests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues to block enforcement of a New York executive order restricting attendance at houses of worship.
“Our position on the lack of authority for the governor to progress his lockdown mandates has been vindicated, frankly, by the Supreme Court,” 2ANYS Founder Steve Felano said. “The statement I made when we were here just one week ago was that we’re a society that’s not governed by following the science in a vacuum. That, in effect, following the science is controlled by the extent to which following that science infringes upon people’s civil liberties. And, the Supreme Court, the conservative majority, has vindicated that view in its per curiam decision, in effect, stating that when Coronavirus lockdown mandates run up against religious freedom, religious freedom should win out.”
Both the diocese and the synagogues claimed that the executive order violated the right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment, particularly when secular businesses in the area are allowed to remain open.
Wednesday’s orders by a closely divided Supreme Court, which had turned down two similar requests over the summer by churches in California and Nevada, represented a clear rightward shift on the court since Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September.
Governor Cuomo has attempted to downplay the grave threat this most recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling poses to his lockdown authority. He has attempted to paint the ruling as a narrow one dealing only with a “moot” issue that “didn’t affect our mass gathering rules.” In reality, Cuomo is gravely mistaken as the Court’s majority decision can and will be utilized by 2ANYS and other parties to cripple his lockdown authority via active litigation in Lewis v. Cuomo, a comprehensive lawsuit filed on May 15, 2020 against members of the Cuomo regime.
The aggressive legal action known as Lewis v. Cuomo cites a myriad of emergency power abuses amid the COVID-1984 pandemic. The lawsuit, which deals with religious freedom issues similar to those recently opined on by the U.S. Supreme Court, now has new life in the federal court system and increasingly lethal import for Cuomo’s lockdown authority now that the nation’s highest court has ruled that individual liberty must prevail against so-called “public health measures.”
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