The biggest takeaway from the Supreme Court’s ruling that churches in New York can remain open, because placing restrictions on them is infringing upon their Constitutionally-protected religious freedom, is where the court will be years from now.

The court ruled on similar cases just a few months ago, and ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals, that the government can place restrictions on churches. On Wednesday night, it was another 5-4 ruling, this time in favor of the churches and again, with Roberts joining the liberals.

The big takeaway here is that Amy Coney Barrett was the vote putting it over the top. The last time the court voted on this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the court and actually understood the case.

The argument here is that New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was being harder on churches than places like retail businesses. But the thing is…

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  1. Okay, here’s an idea. People who are prepared to accept social distancing, who are prepared to accept that attending a church at the moment is an unnecessary risk, they all wear a common badge. Obviously, someplace visible. Then we (or a conscientious shopkeeper) can see immediately who the mixers are, and tell them to get tf away from us, out of our shop etc.

    I deliberately suggest it this way around because presumably, wearing a badge would infringe a person’s civil rights.

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    • Dear Vic Crain and Mister Bump UK,

      When even the decisions of the SCOTUS lack ethical, sociological, scientific, epidemiological and/or medical validities, then we definitely can declare that the USA is very much plagued in varying degrees by misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism, globalization, conservatism and anti-intellectualism.

      Here are a few pertinent quotes about anti-Intellectualism:

      There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
      Isaac Asimov

      In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy.
      George Orwell

      I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.
      Phil Plait

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