The Bad News in the Supreme Court’s Ruling on In-Home Bible Studies

It was good to see the Supreme Court rule yet again in favor of religious liberty in the California case to allow in-home Bible studies and worship sessions for the first time since the pandemic. Yet the fact that the ruling was only 5-4, not to mention some of the reasoning in the dissenting opinion, gives real cause for concern. This should not have been a close vote at all. Instead, it should have been a slam dunk for religious freedoms.

As reported on Forbes, “The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin late Friday that California’s coronavirus-related restrictions on gathering in private homes violated constitutional rights on the free exercise of religion, the latest ruling from the high court that prohibits authorities from enforcing limits on religious services.”

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the three liberal justices, and the dissenting opinion was written by Justice Elana Kagan.

As for the majority opinion, the reasoning was as follows.

“First, California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and indoor restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time.”

If these kinds of activities are permitted, why on earth would religious gatherings in the privacy of one’s home not be permitted? Based on what standard?

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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