Most of the judges were 5-4, with new judge Amy Connie Barrett. The court’s three liberal judges and Chief Justice John Roberts objected.
NEW YORK – A law limiting the number of people who can attend religious services in New York is temporarily suspended Wednesday night. U.S. Supreme Court.
The decision, issued on October 6 by Governor Andrew Kumo, was challenged by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, limiting the number of people who could attend church and other places of worship.
The judges Divide 5-4 Mostly with new judge Amy Connie Barrett. For the first time, the conservative voice was known as justice. The court’s three liberal judges and Chief Justice John Roberts objected.
The action was a shift for the court. Earlier this year, while Barrett’s Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was still in court, judges were divided 5-4 to end the epidemic-related restrictions on churches in California and Nevada.
“Even in an epidemic, the constitution cannot be laid down and forgotten,” he said in an unannounced statement earlier Wednesday night. One of the amendments was a ban on religious freedom, which barred many from participating in religious services. ”
The court’s decision could lead to a reassessment of Wednesday’s ban on places of worship in New York’s virus hotspots. However, the impact of the court ruling was also silenced, as Catholic and Orthodox Jewish groups that have filed lawsuits against the ban are no longer subject to them.
The Diocese of Brooklyn and the United States of America Israel has churches and synagogues in the Red and Orange Zones in the Brooklyn and Queens areas. In those red and orange zones, the territory ceased to be occupied by 10 or 25 people, respectively. But those areas do not currently have any restrictions.
The judiciary took immediate action, and New York temporarily suspended the enforcement of the ban. In a statement, the court said:
“The members of this court are not public health experts, and we must respect the judgment of those who specialize in this area. But even in an epidemic, the constitution cannot be laid down and forgotten. Restrictions on religious freedom in one of the amendments, he said, would prevent many from participating in religious services.
According to the report, a synagogue or church in the Red Zones could not accommodate more than 10 people, but noted that businesses that were considered “essential” from shopping malls to pet stores remained open. And in the orange zones, when synagogues and churches are printed on 25 people, “even non-essential businesses can decide for themselves how many people to accept.”
Opponents wrote: “It is not necessary.” The New York Hat of 10 and 25 people “does not seem to be too restrictive,” he said.
“The governor can restore the limits. But it may not be. “In the midst of a pandemic, it is important to reverse the decisions made by public health authorities regarding what is important for public safety.”
Roberts and four other judges tried to explain the comments in a separate article. Barrett did not.
The court ruled in favor of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Jewish Synod. On October 6, he was accused of defying government restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Kumo.
The Diocese of Brooklyn, which covers Brooklyn and Queens, has been embroiled in a dispute over the use of places of worship by government officials. He argued that the diocese had previously been operating safely, considering 25% of its building capacity and taking other measures. Parts of Brooklyn and Queens are now located in the Yellow Zones, their presence in places of worship is associated with 50% of building capacity, but the church is reducing the number of attendees.
“We are very grateful that the Supreme Court has been able to protect our fundamental constitutional right – religious freedom,” said Diocese’s lawyer Randy Masro.
“This is a historic victory,” wrote Avi Shik, a lawyer for the United States. This remarkable decision protects religious practices and religious institutions from non-religious government decrees in accordance with the Constitution. ”
Two lower courts sided with New York, allowing the restrictions to remain in place. He argues that religious gatherings in New York are more restricted to secular events than concerts and theaters. An email from the Associated Press to the governor’s office on Thursday morning was not immediately available.
There are several areas in New York’s designated orange zones, but there are no red zones, a state website that tracks areas designated as hot spots.
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