The court majority noted in an unsigned order that the state’s “three households” rule did not apply as strictly to secular indoor gatherings, such as indoor shopping or businesses such as nail salons, as it did to private religious gatherings at homes.
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“Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust,” the justice warned during a speech at Harvard Law School.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, said that Monday’s announcement from the Supreme Court was “encouraging news.”
Phillips has said in the past that he not only has declined same-sex union cakes, but he also declines other types of cakes that go against his beliefs, including cakes for Halloween, bachelor parties, divorce, cakes with alcohol in the ingredients, and cakes with atheist messages.
In his Jan. 28 executive order, President Biden instructed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Title X Protect Life rule, the first administrative step toward reversing it.
The case involves Chike Uzuegbunam, an evangelical Christian who, while attending Georgia Gwinnett College in 2016, sought to evangelize fellow students.
Friday night’s order from Justice Elena Kagan followed a Feb. 5 Supreme Court ruling that effectively required the state to lift bans on indoor worship.
The court, Bursch said, needs to “make clear that any administration, including future ones, can enforce a rule like this one if it so chooses, and that the courts can’t interfere with that.”
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling that California’s ban on indoor worship and singing in churches — worship-targeting — is unconstitutional. We talk to EWTN News’ legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer about the ramifications of the High Court’s decision, and what lies ahead for religious freedom in the country. And then, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston “followed the science” and have kept its students safe amid the pandemic. We are joined by Thomas Carroll, superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston schools about good news and the many challenges facing Catholic schools.