(Raven Clabough – New American) California churches experienced another victory in court this week as the U.S. Supreme Court instructed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate a district ruling against the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista. The Catholic News Agency reports the decision came “in light of recent Supreme Court rulings favorable to churches that have challenged state COVID restrictions that disproportionately limit religious freedom.”
As noted by Christian Post, South Bay’s efforts to challenge the restrictions on in-person church services in the spring were rejected by the high court when Chief Justice John G. Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal judges, but the church amended its complaint this summer and sought to overturn limitations on attendance and prohibitions against singing.
U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant sided with the state of California against South Bay on October 15, and the Ninth Circuit upheld that ruling, but the recent Supreme Court ruling in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo forced South Bay’s case back to the lower courts for reconsideration
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