Author Topic: Federal judge says ‘There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution’  (Read 845 times)

Offline surfivor

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 People will say the government can quarantine people, but that would seem to be for people who are sick or that is the strongest case. I guess they can issue emergency orders, but if the emergency orders are highly selective or arbitrary between essential/non essential and effectively seem to go on forever using questionable stats then to me it doesn't seem right at all

https://nsjonline.com/article/2020/05/federal-judge-says-there-is-no-pandemic-exception-to-the-constitution/?fbclid=IwAR2EBq8fvGhss6g86NkxpfUPswEyUQqgkanKf7Cf-kj6tUyBcRkKf84sDwg

RALEIGH — A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders that restrict church worship in North Carolina. A group founded by pastors and churches sued Cooper over his executive orders alleging they violate the U.S. and N.C. constitutions.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever heard arguments on Friday from a group of plaintiffs who challenged Cooper’s authority to restrict religious activities. Saturday, the judge said the plaintiffs are “likely to succeed on the merits of their Free Exercise claim concerning the assembly for religious worship provisions in Executive Order 138, that they will suffer irreparable harm absent a temporary restraining order, that the equities tip in their favor, and that a temporary restraining order is in the public interest.”

The judge said unequivocally that “There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution of the United States or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”

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+1 Surf - thanks for posting this - I haven't seen it anywhere else.  In CO, the governor had a conference call with church "leaders" who all rolled over and acquiesced.  WTF?

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Constitution +1, political expedience 0.