President Trump is to be thanked for appointing three conservative Supreme Court justices, all of whom have decided in favor of religious groups and New York government officials to curb church size in religious services, one of the president’s main supporters wrote on Thanksgiving Day.
Reverend Franklin Graham, the late Reverend son of Billy Graham, who himself was the spiritual adviser to several U.S. presidents at the head of Billy Graham Ministries, wrote on Twitter that “he was grateful to President @realDonald Trump for the appointment of 3 conservative #SCOTUS judges. who chose the churches last night and against the overload of governments in New York State. “
In another tweet, 68-year-old Graham posted a quote in connection with a decision by Trump-appointed judge Neil Gorsuch in case 5-4, in which Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Liberals of the court.
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“It’s time … to make it clear that while the epidemic poses a number of serious challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive ordinances that reopen liquor and bicycle shops but shuttered churches, synagogues and mosques” – Graham quoted from Gorsuch’s writing.
On Wednesday night, the Supreme Court prevented New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from strictly attending services in areas affected by the new corona virus.
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The court banned Cuomo from enforcing its Oct. 6 “Cluster Initiative” against the houses of worship against which restrictions were initiated, based on a 5-4 judgment.
The order was the first in which Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a key role. Barrett, who was President Trump’s third Supreme Court candidate, joined the court on Oct. 27 after winning Senate approval after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18.
In addition to Gorsuch and Barrett, Trump also appointed Brett Kavanaugh Justice. Judges Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, conservatives appointed before Trump took office, were also in favor of the majority.
In a dissenting opinion, Roberts and the three liberals – Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer – argued that the court acted hastily.
The order was aimed at worshiping some synagogues and Roman Catholic churches in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, New York, Bloomberg News reported.
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In the most severely affected areas of the city, designated as red zones, the state limited attendance at houses of worship to 25% of their capacity or 10 people, whichever is less. The majority said the Cuomo’s restrictions violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free practice of religion.
The decision was seen as a reversal of the Supreme Court’s response to state restrictions on organized religion at the time of the previous epidemic, reports said. Judges had previously refused to lift restrictions on churches in California and Nevada.