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The Supreme Court Blessed Holiday COVID-19 Parties—Because Religion

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Commentary Law and Policy

Dec 16, 2020, 8:30am Rewire News Group Staff

The Court's orders siding with religious groups point to a broad consensus that the justices favor religious liberty over public health.

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The Supreme Court got into the holiday spirit by protecting your God-given right to contract and spread a deadly virus at midnight mass—bless them.

The Court’s orders on Tuesday were brief. In just one page each, the conservative justices sided with religious groups in Colorado and New Jersey that sued over COVID-19 restrictions imposed in their states. The state public health orders restricted the number of people who could attend religious services and imposed a mask mandate in New Jersey. The groups that challenged these orders argued that the restrictions infringed on their religious liberty, because as we all know, central to the principle of separation of church and state is the ability to host superspreader events as a global pandemic kills millions of people.

The Court’s orders come more than two weeks after they handed down a similar order regarding COVID-19 restrictions in New York—pointing to a broad consensus that the Court favors religious liberty over public health.

The latest orders are notable for a few reasons. First, it happened on a Tuesday. Supreme Court decisions are typically handed down on Mondays and Fridays, but apparently this bench is so horny for God that they couldn’t wait another second to prove their allegiance to the big guy in........

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