High court could resolve First Amendment freedom during lockdown

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with SCOTUS in backgroundA pair of Chicago church congregations are fighting to hold unrestricted church services while enduring dirty politics by their own mayor, and now the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review their appeal.

The state of Illinois has been relentlessly targeting the two churches, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries, congregations that are coincidentally less than seven miles from each other but are joined in a legal battle over controversial COVID-19 restrictions.  

According to Liberty Counsel, both church congregations sued in federal court to fight the virus-fighting mandates from Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The governor, by executive order, limited church gatherings to no more than 10 people for religious services but allowed unrestricted numbers for non-religious activities such as helping the unemployed and feeding the poor.

After a federal appeals court denied a preliminary injunction, Liberty Counsel contends the nation’s highest court needs to review the appeal to resolve conflicting church-related rulings in other federal court jurisdictions.

Staver

Liberty Counsel attorney Staver tells One News Now the Chicago case is the first non-emergency, COVID-related legal fight to reach the high court that is asking the justices for a full legal review, not a hurried opinion. 

Regarding the local political fight, Staver says Chicago’s liberal mayor, Lori Lightfoot, attempted to hurt Elim by banning street parking within a nine-block radius from the church building. Yes, he says, the church has a parking lot with plenty of space but the mayor was trying to turn the neighborhood against the church. No, he says, it didn't work.

“What this particular court decision would do, if the Supreme Court takes the case,” he predicts, “is literally make sure that we never go down this path again.”

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