Supreme Court allows California churches to hold indoor services at limited capacity
After months of legal battles over Gov. Gavin Newsomâ€™s COVID-19-related restrictions, churches in California can finally restart their indoor worship services, though only at 25% capacity, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday night.
â€śWe are not scientists, but neither may we abandon the field when government officials with experts in tow seek to infringe a constitutionally protected liberty,â€ť Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
â€śEven if a full congregation singing hymns is too risky, California does not explain why even a single masked cantor cannot lead worship behind a mask and a plexiglass shield,â€ť Gorsuch added. â€śOr why even a lone muezzin may not sing the call to prayer from a remote location inside a mosque as worshippers file in.â€ť...