With the April 9, 2021 ruling by the Supreme Court the precedent is set regarding restrictions on religion in the United States of America. By a one vote margin U.S. citizens continue to enjoy the freedom to worship without government interference or restrictions. This liberty, however, could be swept aside with the next judicial appointment.
Justice Elena Kagan, who ruled against easing restrictions along with Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and John Roberts, has established a precedent that restricts worship if any government official deems those gathering pose a risk to themselves or others.
Kagan wrote in a dissenting opinion that the state has complied with the First Amendment because it also restricts secular at-home gatherings to three households. California ‘has adopted a blanket restriction on at-home gatherings of all kinds, religious and secular alike,” Kagan wrote in the dissent joined by Sotomayor and Breyer. “The law does not require that the State equally treat apples and watermelons,” Kagan wrote, saying that in-home gatherings shouldn’t be compared to businesses.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
“Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”
The definition of what constitutes a risk is open to interpretation and is already used to defend tearing apart a living child limb-by-limb.
[Kansas] Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson issued the ruling on Wednesday granting a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the law, which was passed in 2015. Watson wrote, ‘Tearing a living unborn child apart and removing the pieces is a horrible death, but so is death by induced labor or cesarean section prior to viability, cutting the umbilical cord, or injecting lethal chemicals into the womb or into the heart of the unborn child.’ Watson also cited a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court, which concluded that the state constitution guaranteed a fundamental right to an abortion.”
In China Muslims and Christians are rounded up and sent to “Vocational Education and Training Centers” [internment camps]. Christian churches are converted to government places of indoctrination. Home churches are banned, home owners fined, and jailed.
The United States is one judicial appointment away from government enforced religious persecution. The Father of Lies has his allies. The God of Truth has his. Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send out his to gather the fruit of the harvest.