• Rejoice, Conservatives: It’s a New Day at the Supreme Court

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    Surge Summary: Last week’s free-speech/religious liberty-defending ruling against New York Governor’s Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 regulation limiting church attendance is an indicator that the “Clarence Thomas Court”, formulated significantly under President Donald Trump, is not going to go the way of Chief John Roberts.

     by Peter Heck ·

    “It’s a new day at the U.S. Supreme Court,” exults pundit Peter Heck, announcing the appointment of “the glorious ACB” (originalist Justice Any Coney Barrett) to replace “the notorious RBG” (Leftist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) nullifies any chance Chief Justice John Roberts had to twist the High Court in his own erratic direction.

    “This is the Clarence Thomas court now,” according to Heck — and in the wake of a Biden/Harris administration, “not a moment too soon for the preservation of the republic.”

    The case that drew attention to this heartening development was the Court’s 5-4 decision to block New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from enforcing arbitrary attendance limits exclusively targeting religious services. Cuomo, who has reserved eyebrow-raising antipathy towards orthodox Jewish communities throughout his bungled response to the pandemic, lit into the court, and seemed to direct his frustrations primarily upon recently-appointed Catholic justice Amy Coney Barrett.

    “At the same time,” Gorsuch wrote in his concurring opinion,Point of fact, Justice Gorsuch was the one who took after Cuomo’s religious bigotry with particular, pole-axing relish:

    the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers “essential.’ And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too. So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians. Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?” … “It’s time – past time – to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.”.

    New York Times reporter Elizabeth Williamson was hardly pleased. She groused, in a tweet since deleted, “Holiday service superspreaders brought to you in part by the Catholic Church which got the Supreme Court it wanted just in time for Christmas.”

    “In case you’re considering doing a search for all of Elizabeth’s tweets fretting over BLM protest superspreaders or Biden victory street celebration superspreaders,” cautions Heck, “I’ll save you the time and let you know you’ll be hard pressed to find them.”

    Comedian Seth MacFarlane, joined in the Gorsuch bashing:

    Realizing MacFarlane conspicuously doesn’t realize the details of this case, Heck helpfully instructs the forty-seven-year old entertainer on the them:

    1. Cuomo had limited churches that had the capacity to accommodate thousands to just 10 people, while he had limited stores to 50% capacity – a flagrant inconsistency.
    2. No such “superspreading” event had been recorded at a place of worship as most all transmission has consistently occurred within families and the close-confines of home.
    3. Churches are entirely capable of social distancing families beyond the required 6 feet.
    4. Liquor stores have no constitutional protection, but churches, synagogues, and mosques do.

    It’s that last point that represents MacFarlane’s most galling ignorance

    The heartening news? In the face of anti-religious antagonism from high government places and Leftist smugness, “Trump’s three Supreme Court picks mean that the Constitution will be winning for a generation.”

    Read Peter Heck’s entire column here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    H/T Disrn

    Image: Adapted from: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States – Clarence Thomas – The Oyez Project, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14721657

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