by Monica Showalter
The wisdom of President Trump’s Supreme Court choices, including Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch, was laid out with this week’s ruling on whether New York’s leftist Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the power to capriciously order extended church, mosque and synagogue shutdowns on supposed COVID concerns.
According to John Solomon at JustTheNews:
In a 5-4 decision, the court said Cuomo’s restrictions violated the Constitution’s First Amendment right to freedom of worship and granted an injunction barring the rules from being enforced.
“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,” the majority opinion said. “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.”
Which was a wise ruling indeed. Cuomo had targeted religious institutions with special venom as if he wanted an entire young generation to go without any memory of religious services. He had a special little cold spot for synagogues.