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Judge rules Kentucky ban on in-person church services unconstitutional

May 10, 2020

  We are beginning to see literally hundreds of lawsuits against the various usurpation of our rights by the State governments starting to make their way through the court system. Just how far are these authoritarian governors allowed to go during a time of a self-proclaimed state of emergency? That is what we are going to find out.

  People are growing weary and are beginning to ask questions, they are beginning to awaken from their states induced comas, and the tide might finally be turning. Recently a Federal Judge ruled that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker overstepped his bounds when he declared gun stores to be non-essential businesses and shuttered them with the swipe of a pen, and now a Federal Court ruled that Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s ban on in-person Church services during the COVID-19 outbreak is unconstitutional. Here is more:

A federal court halted the Kentucky governor’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services, clearing the way for Sunday church services.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove on Friday issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings at “any in-person religious service which adheres to applicable social distancing and hygiene guidelines.”

  Did you ever think we would see a day in America when a court would have to remind the government that it cannot ban Church services? You will note that Churches still have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, you know the same guidelines Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, and others follow because they were allowed to stay open.

The ruling from the Eastern District of Kentucky sided with the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Nicholasville, but applies to all places of worship around the commonwealth. 

The federal judge’s order in the Tabernacle Baptist Church case said Beshear had “an honest motive” in wanting to safeguard Kentuckians’ health and lives, but didn’t provide “a compelling reason for using his authority to limit a citizen’s right to freely exercise something we value greatly — the right of every American to follow their conscience on matters related to religion.”

“The Constitution will endure. It would be easy to put it on the shelf in times like this, to be pulled down and dusted off when more convenient,” Van Tatenhove’s opinion read. “But that is not our tradition. Its enduring quality requires that it be respected even when it is hard.”

  I believe this is a just and responsible decision, the Church can reopen following the guidelines big businesses have been following all along and people who feel safe can attend while people who do not can stay home and watch the streaming services.

   This is another step in the right direction, slowly but surely we seem to be turning a corner, but we still hear this talk about a “new normal” and that has me worried.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

14 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    May 10, 2020 8:39 am

    It’s good to see this. Someone needs to stop these Democrats whom seem to think they have powers above and beyond what they really do.

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  2. May 10, 2020 1:53 pm

    Thank you for keeping us in-the-know on this. There’s nothing new about the over-reach by these governors. When Barack Obama said our constitution was fatally flawed, he declared war on it. The true fatal flaw lies In the belief system of the current Democratic Party, with it’s Socialist & Communist party leanings. If it were not for the correction President Trump made in his judicial appointments, court rulings during this mess would be quite different. Wake up America!

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  3. Bruce Booher permalink
    May 10, 2020 2:22 pm

    I joyfully broke the law yesterday by attending a church service. It was a private First Communion and Confirmation for a young adult who converted. I was reminded of the early Christians who gathered in cellars and caves to avoid government punishment. My God how far have we fallen. But hay, dope stores are opened here in CA.
    1 Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition unless it’s unsafe
    2 Right to keep and bear arms in order to maintain a well regulated militia unless it’s unsafe
    4 Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures unless it is about safety

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    • May 10, 2020 7:16 pm

      We have come full circle again! So glad he/she was able to celebrate this and it shows he or she truly is committed and it is great to hear. Our church has been streaming its services so we have been able to “gather” that way but I still feel like I am missing something doing it this way.

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  4. peter3nj permalink
    May 10, 2020 2:37 pm

    We have my wife’s son and daughter in law here today cooking Mother’s Day dinner-sin masques!!! We have black shades on all the windows, the doors double locked and only our car in the driveway. Hopefully should the STASI break down the door we, as only six people, don’t qualify as a large gathering. Oh snap, hopefully they don’t discover we’re republicans.

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  5. May 10, 2020 4:14 pm

    I think we’re going to see a new normal in the sense that people’s habits are changing: more shopping online instead of in store, take out for dinner instead of dine in, meeting via Zoom instead of in person, those kind of things.

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    • Bruce Booher permalink
      May 10, 2020 4:54 pm

      We will see a new normal, as long as the sheepeople go along with it rather than stand up to it.
      But predictions of the future are usually wrong. FDR said “December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy” is only a distant memory of Boomers, let alone Millennials. An elementary schooler could name all 57 genders before they ever heard of FDR’s declaration.

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      • May 10, 2020 7:19 pm

        That’s a good point Bruce, we do have short attention spans so maybe this will all be forgotten in time.

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    • May 10, 2020 7:18 pm

      Those things I could handle, I hope we don’t see the mask thing and things like that staying for the long haul.

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      • May 10, 2020 7:27 pm

        I agree. I think these these will not be a conscious change, but a subconscious one.

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