Supreme Court Rules New York Cannot Limit Religious Gatherings

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The Supreme Court has ruled that New York authorities cannot limit the size of congregations in synagogues and churches.

The policies of such limits enacted due to the coronavirus pandemic have been highly controversial, with many criticizing it as hypocritical, as politicians like leftist New York City mayor Bill de Blasio have allowed massive left-wing protests while attacking Orthodox Jews for holding religious gatherings.

The court ruled 5-4 that attendance at houses of worship cannot be limited, the Associated Press reports.

The ruling held that such restrictions “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.”

“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area,” it read. “But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”

“The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty,” the ruling said.

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