By Duncan Smith
Without a doubt, the biggest loser to ever make it the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years is John Roberts.
How he became chief justice is beyond our comprehension, but he did — and he lied his a– off to President George W. Bush and the U.S. Senate when he told them he understood, revered, and would follow the Constitution on the bench.
He proved that again on Wednesday.
The high court B-slapped King Andrew Cuomo over his blatantly biased and unconstitutional order preventing New Yorkers from exercising their First Amendment right to freely practice their religion — which they are permitted to do, even during a pandemic.
The Supreme Court late Wednesday struck down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings, as new Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast one of her first high-impact votes and Chief Justice John Roberts sided in dissent with the court’s liberal bloc.
In a 5-4 decision, the court said Cuomo’s restrictions violated the Constitution’s First Amendment right to freedom of worship and granted an injunction barring the rules from being enforced.
“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area,” the majority opinion said. “But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty.”
The ruling is here.
Justice Neil Gorsuch felt compelled to write a separate ruling in support of the constitutionalist majority.
'It is time — past time — to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques,' Gorsuch argued.
Absolutely, positively right.
But what did Roberts the Buffoon write?
“It is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic,” he wrote.
John Roberts needs to explain where in the Constitution it says local officials can use a public health emergency to override the Bill of Rights. We’ll wait.
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