Supreme Court denies Nevada church’s request to reopen
The American Supreme Court denied a Nevada church’s request to be exempt from the state’s fifty-person cap on gatherings. Christianity Today reports that Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley contended that it should be able to meet at fifty per cent capacity like casinos and restaurants as long as they impose social distancing guidelines.
The church argued that restricting meeting sizes to fifty people was a violation of their first amendment right of religious freedom. But the liberal majority, alongside Chief Justice Roberts denied Calvary Chapel’s request without any further comment.
In a dissenting opinion from three of the four justices who voted in favour of the church’s request, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh insisted that they would have issued an injunctive relief while the court fleshed out the case.
“That Nevada would discriminate in favour 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,” the statement read.
Representing the church was David Cortman, senior counsel for Georgia-based Alliance Defending Freedom. According to Christianity Today, Cortman expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s ruling in an email to the Associated Press last Friday.