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Supreme Court Rejects Church's Challenge Of California's Coronavirus Rules

Added 05-30-20 11:07:02am EST - “Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal bloc in a 5-4 decision issued late Friday. The lawsuit had argued that the state's limits on attendance discriminated against religion.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Supreme Court Rejects Church's Challenge Of California's Coronavirus Rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A church in North Hollywood, Calif., stands empty last month after services were canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

A church in North Hollywood, Calif., stands empty last month after services were canceled due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Supreme Court has rejected a California church's attempt to overturn the state's coronavirus restrictions on in-person religious services.

In a 5-4 decision issued late Friday, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal bloc in upholding the state's right to impose limits on congregations in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Although California's guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," Roberts said, in an opinion that denied a request by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church for relief from the rules.

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