As Americans, we have Constitutional rights. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms are a few of the most important ones we hold onto. Within the first few weeks of Biden taking office, we’re already seeing so many of those rights being pulled.
It started with the freedom of speech. Now, if it goes against the liberal agenda, we’re muted. Facebook and Twitter have done the hard work – they’ll just delete accounts or flag posts if they’re not saying what is “acceptable” to say. Amazon will even go as far as deleting entire platforms if there isn’t any kind of filter in place, as they did with Parler.
Now, if we want to say something, we have to worry about whether it will stay up long enough to have a conversation. Apparently, if we don’t want to regurgitate the progressive liberal crap, we are told that we’re lying or that we’re trying to incite violence.
As the pandemic rages on, religious freedoms are taken, too.
In the U.S., the Constitution clearly states that Congress shall make no law that prohibits the free exercise of religion.
For many, the way in which religion is exercised is by attending church.
In Nevada, people want to attend church – and the Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, located in Reno has appealed to the Court of Appeals. The current pandemic restrictions prevent people from enjoying religious freedom.
Many attorney generals in states across the country have sided with churches. Those in churches are often free from pandemic restrictions so that people have a place to worship.
In Nevada, however, the Supreme Court is refusing the requests of the church to say that it is “unconstitutional” to treat a church differently than other public locations.
The problem is that the current restrictions have churches operating at 25% occupancy – allowing only 50 people to attend church at once.
Restaurants, bars, and gaming operations are to adhere to the same 25% occupancy.
However, it’s easy to argue that the Constitution protects against religion – it does not protect against gambling or going out or drinking. Religion is a necessity to many.
At the very least, the churches should be allowed to operate as the other “essential” businesses are allowed. Grocery stores under Nevada measures are allowed to operate at a 50% capacity. Churches, therefore, should be allowed the same in order to allow more people into the services.
The Supreme Court has not lifted restrictions on religious gatherings in many states – including California, Illinois, and Nevada. Yet, the court did block Cuomo of New York from limiting church attendance to 10 people. They’ve also told lower courts in Colorado and New Jersey to “reconsider” their limits.
There are some pandemic restrictions that are considered acceptable – mask-wearing and social distancing can easily be achieved while still giving people a chance to attend church services.
However, if a church has a standard attendance in the hundreds, allowing only 50 into the building at once is a violation of religious freedom.
Restrictions vary all across the country. The Supreme Court has rejected to consider the case in Nevada without giving a reason.
While those in Nevada are told that they may not be able to attend church service, other churches across the country are operating close to normal. Lakewood Church, the massive church in Houston, Texas led by Joel Osteen, for example, has a capacity of over 16,000. They’re open, but they’re requiring the use of a mask. They’re also leaving some seats closed to allow for social distancing.
Occupancy levels are set based on the threat. However, in any population, a 25% occupancy level means that 75% of the normal population that attends is left out of the equation. It’s a blow to anyone who wants to attend church in order to fulfill their religious obligations.
It’s only a matter of time before Biden proves that he’s not the good Catholic that he claims to be. He’s preventing people from practicing religion. It’s only a matter of time before he comes for those guns, too.