Oath Breaker? Chief Justice John Roberts Votes With Liberals in Nevada Freedom of Religion Case

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Do Democrats have something on Chief Justice John Roberts that he continues to re-interpret the Constitution against the First Amendment? On Friday, he was once again the deciding vote, this time against Nevada churches who asked for an emergency injunction against the Nevada Governor over his discriminatory rule for churches as opposed to casinos.

The Nevada state attorneys wrote (Mercury News):

“Temporarily narrowing restrictions on the size of mass gatherings, including for religious services, protects the health and well-being of Nevada citizens during a global pandemic.”

Oh really? What about the protests? The Casinos that get to operate at 50% capacity? The movie houses that can operate at 50% capacity? Something is very wrong with the Supreme Court.

“This is a simple case. Under the Governor’s edict, a 10-screen “multiplex” may host 500 moviegoers at any time. A casino, too, may cater to hundreds at once, with perhaps six people huddled at each craps table here and a similar number gathered around every roulette wheel there. Large
numbers and close quarters are fine in such places. But churches, synagogues, and mosques are banned from admitting more than 50 worshippers—no matter how large
the building, how distant the individuals, how many wear face masks, no matter the precautions at all. In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.” Justice Neil Gorsuch

In the 5-4 decision, the Chief Justice voted against the Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley’s request for injunctive relief from the attendance restrictions. The 4 conservative, 4 liberal split has been a difficult passage for most Conservative issues of late, primarily because John Roberts has frequently been voting with the liberals. The majority opinion was done without comment, but the dissensions were scathing.

The Governor of Nevada instituted a cap of 50 people on all churches. The only cap on the gaming industry is 50% capacity. And churches have agreed to regulations regarding social distancing and masks. That didn’t seem to matter  in this decision.

The Hill reported,

“The Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in dissent. “It says nothing about the freedom to play craps or blackjack, to feed tokens into a slot machine, or to engage in any other game of chance. But the Governor of Nevada apparently has different priorities.”

“That Nevada would discriminate in favor of the powerful gaming industry and its employees may not come as a surprise, but this Court’s willingness to allow such discrimination is disappointing. We have a duty to defend the Constitution, and even a public health emergency does not absolve us of that responsibility,” he added. 

This is the second time the Supreme Court has ruled against a church challenging a capacity restriction during the pandemic. In May, the court ruled 5-4 in a similar case, turning away a challenge from a California church.”

What is it that Chief Justice John Roberts has in his judicial brain that is causing him to vote liberal? He was chosen for the court because of a Conservative viewpoint. He seems to have lost that part of his resume.
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  • Mike
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    The supreme court can not override the constitution, so this vote is nil and void. As was said by Alito, there is nothing about casino’s or movie houses. But there is a separation of church and state, funny how that works, can’t read bible or talk about Jesus at school, but they can tell you if and how many can go to church. The supreme court can’t rewrite the constitution.

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