Church Leaders in Scotland Celebrate After Judge Rules Government’s Restrictions on In-Person Services is Unconstitutional

Church leaders have won their judicial review against the Scottish Government over the criminalisation of in-person worship during lockdown. (Photo: Sky News)

Church leaders in Scotland are celebrating after a judge ruled that the Scottish Government acted unconstitutionally by making in-person services a criminal offence during the lockdown.

Scotland imposed far tougher restrictions on churches than the rest of the UK, which allowed in-person services to continue during the current lockdown.

Handing down judgment on Wednesday, Lord Braid said the Scottish rules were a disproportionate interference of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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“It is impossible to measure the effect of those restrictions on those who hold religious beliefs,” he said.

“It goes beyond mere loss of companionship and an inability to attend a lunch club.

“The fact that the regulations are backed by criminal sanctions is also a relevant consideration.

“Were the petitioners to insist on manifesting their beliefs, in accordance with their religion, they would be liable to be met with a fine of up to £10,000, a not insignificant penalty.

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SOURCE: Christian Today

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