Last Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction defending religious liberty by banning the unfair laws limiting houses of worship to 10 to 25 member services. 

Sorry, big brother Cuomo, we’re allowed to worship again. 

According to NBC news, the court was “split 5-4 with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting” The court explained how the restrictions were unfair, stating they “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.” 

Those who dissented claimed the hearing was unnecessary, and “will only exacerbate the nation’s suffering.”

While church attendance was limited, “essential” businesses were not. What qualifies as an essential business you may ask? Well, for one, acupuncture facilities were included on the state’s list. I actually love acupuncture, but I can guarantee that church is more important. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo commented on the ruling. “The Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else …. This was really just an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and its politics. It doesn’t have any practical effects.”

Cuomo may think this is just based on “philosophy” with no “practical effects,” but he’s mistaken. The court was forbidding the government’s attacks on religious liberty. 

I, for one, believe it’s great news that the highest court in America will not stand for unfair persecution of Americans.

Hat Tip: NBC News

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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