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Holiday cheer for New York worshippers

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court strikes down New York worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 11/27/20, 04:01 pm

Orthodox Jews and Catholics in the New York City area got a happy Thanksgiving surprise. Minutes before midnight on Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order virtually shutting down worship for the two religious communities.

In an unsigned 5-4 opinion, the justices barred the state’s Democratic governor from enforcing his 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on houses of worship in zones with high COVID-19 infections.

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Supreme Court blocks worship restrictions

by Tim Lamer
Posted 11/26/20, 08:51 am

In a 5-4 decision late Wednesday night, the Supreme Court blocked enforcement of New York’s coronavirus-related limits on attendance at churches and synagogues. The unsigned opinion argued Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order singled out places of worship for greater restrictions than for businesses in the same areas. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty,” the opinion said.

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California church wins building battle

Religious Liberty | Judge dismisses lawsuit over the zoning of an old YMCA
by Steve West
Posted 11/17/20, 12:09 pm

Residents of the Dos Vientos neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said yes to the YMCA but no to a church that wanted to rent its building when the health and fitness center shut down. When the city of Thousand Oaks approved the sale and subsequent lease of the old YMCA to Godspeak Calvary Chapel, neighbors formed the Dos Vientos Community Preservation Association to oppose it. After a more than two-year battle, a Ventura County judge dismissed the association’s lawsuit last week.

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