July 27, 2020

Once again on Friday, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Court’s liberals against First Amendment religious freedom protections. In a stunning 5-4 ruling against Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in Nevada that echoed a similar ruling in May against a California church, the SCOTUS refused to hear an appeal arguing that churches, synagogues and mosques shouldn’t have to comply with the Democratic Governor’s 50-person limit on worship services to combat COVID-19.

This is blatantly discriminatory against people of faith because it applies only to them. In a blistering dissent, Justice Neil Gorsuch noted that the restriction doesn’t apply to casinos or movie theaters, which could easily be packing in hundreds of people with far fewer health precautions than places of worship are imposing. Not to mention all the anti-police protests for which restrictions never apply, since they’re an exercise of First Amendment rights that liberal officials agree with.

Sen. Ted Cruz sarcastically tweeted that churches should install craps tables; then maybe they’d be allowed to open. My reaction was blunter: I called on Roberts to repent and resign:

Here’s another great commentary by Andrea Widburg on this outrageous ruling that calls it “a constitutional no-brainer.” She writes that “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.” She adds that the only way to insure a real conservative majority on the Court is to reelect Trump so that he can make more appointments, and if Biden is elected, the “Constitution will be abandoned for the foreseeable future.”

(Ms. Widburg also makes the excellent point that Nevada’s COVID-19 death rate is only 0.02%, with almost all the cases concentrated near Las Vegas, more than 400 miles away from the church. Yet the casinos can open and the church cant’?)

Roberts seems to believe that his job is not to declare unconstitutional laws unconstitutional (it's actually his #1 job), but to find some legal excuse to justify whatever the government does, on the theory that if elected officials did it, then the people must want it. The Bill of Rights does not exist to insure that the government or even the majority always get what they want but to protect the people from their own government. It’s also not a list of rights granted by government until they have a good reason to take them away. It’s a list of God-given rights granted to every American by their Creator that the government has no power to take away.

If Chief Justice Roberts can’t figure out the difference by this stage of his career, then it’s time to find a new career.

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  • Rev. Dr. Thomas Peavy

    07/31/2020 12:17 PM

    Justice Roberts is more concerned with his legacy than with upholding the Law. Men who build monuments to themselves are doomed to the dustbin of history even after all that wasted effort.

  • Bonnie OHare

    07/30/2020 04:27 PM

    This Is An Attack On The Church!!!

  • Mariam Rudd

    07/30/2020 03:52 PM

    Shameful. That all I can say.

  • william K kilbourne

    07/30/2020 12:28 PM

    what a turn coat

  • Mark Vogl

    07/30/2020 08:41 AM

    The Supreme Court is NOT upholding the Constitution of the United States, or accepting the separation of church and state concept of Jefferson and the Founders. The government has zero authority over the church, and therefore cannot regulate its attendance. The great central idea of God and man that inspired the Constitution, and brought millions of America's earliest immigrants has been under siege for most my life. The Light of American Exceptionalism is being smothered.

  • Sheila Tatara

    07/30/2020 07:55 AM

    He must be receiving threats on his life and family.

  • Samuel McAfoos

    07/30/2020 06:34 AM

    He must be a socialist plant!!

  • Bobby Gregory

    07/30/2020 01:34 AM

    Sad the Chief Justice has been two faced and gave us Obamacare plus several other liberal decisions. Too bad he cannot be removed and replaced with at least someone who practices what they believe. Cannot trust this man.

  • Beth Howison

    07/30/2020 12:04 AM

    Vote Red in November!!
    Replace all the Democrats as they are ruining our country. Maybe they could leave. Trump 2020

  • Cheryl Cote

    07/29/2020 11:47 PM

    This ruling is sad because its against our Constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and religion! Casinos and theaters, and other places can assembly just not people of faith!??? This is so wrong!!!

  • Linda Richardson

    07/29/2020 09:24 PM

    Who peed in Chief Justice Roberts' Wheaties?

  • Larry Scantlan

    07/29/2020 05:27 PM

    Chief Justice Roberts, putting aside my religious views for the moment, I believe, sir, that before you rule again on any case, you should take a refresher class on the US Constitution. You have unraveled 240+ years of history fundamental to its founding and violating your oath as a Supreme Court Justice. Remember that there is a higher judge than you to whom you are and will be accountable to.

  • Floyd Hale

    07/29/2020 03:35 PM

    The chief justice has always been leaning toward the liberal side of decisions !!! Nothing new !!!!!!

  • Barbara Kay Shepard

    07/29/2020 02:47 PM

    Judge Roberts is espousing his opinion, which is not in agreement with the US Constitution.
    He needs to resign if he can't do any better than that in interpreting the Constitution. He has clearly denied the rights of persons of faith that the First Amendment CLEARLY PROTECTS. If there is a way to impeach him for using his position to uphold an unjust law, then he is not worthy of being a Supreme Court Justice because he is not upholding JUSTICE!

  • ruth e egan

    07/29/2020 10:32 AM

    Roberts leaning left. How did the vetting go wrong? Or how far has the morality of America slidden?

  • Neville Lyons

    07/29/2020 07:49 AM

    I wish justices ran for election so the people could put them in office. This lifetime crap is for the birds.


    07/29/2020 03:29 AM

    Justice Roberts belongs in the same group as Mitt Romney and Asa Hutchins. Liberals in sheep’s clothing. He has been a big disappointment since his appointment.

  • kathryn Marie Bland

    07/28/2020 10:52 PM

    It's so sad what is going on in our country. Not only the virus but the ugliest of ugly attempts to make these protests peaceful.
    There is nothing peaceful about burning businesses, rioting, looting & murdering innocent people. These ARE NOT JUST MOTHERS, VETERANS, THESE ARE PAID PROTESTERS

  • Jean leonard

    07/28/2020 10:18 PM

    So disappointing.

  • F. Clark

    07/28/2020 08:14 PM

    I say hold church services at Wal Mart everyone meet in the center of the store or some area ...socially distanceing and wearing mask of course and start preaching and singing! Who knows maybe that is what God is wanting...spread the word in the only places that the government is allowing people to visit ...Be sure you grab a cart so you can have a good legal reason for being there and you can get you groceries bought for the week too!

  • Vens b

    07/28/2020 07:54 PM

    Justice Ginsburg retirement comes to mind

  • Tammie Steward

    07/28/2020 06:22 PM

    He caught the Lolita virus

  • Lois Oleson

    07/28/2020 06:03 PM

    He's a bum!

  • Lawrence Moser

    07/28/2020 05:12 PM

    God has a special penalty for judges making unjust decisions against Him!

  • Jean Kimble

    07/28/2020 04:58 PM

    I believe Roberts is more concerned about his legacy than he is about administering justice under the constitution. It's outrageous and disgusting. My red flag about him started waving way back when he upheld an imminent domain decision by a lower court that kicked a homeowner out of his home when the property was being seized for the benefit of a private business rather than the general public at large, which is supposed to be the purpose of imminent domain.