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Faith & Freedom Coalition Disapproves of the Supreme Court’s Decision to Restrict Religious Services in Nevada

DULUTH, Ga. – On Friday, July 24, the Supreme Court upheld Nevada’s coronavirus regulation that limits attendance at indoor religious services to 50 persons and denied the application for injunctive relief presented by Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church in Dayton, Nevada. The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s liberals in the majority.

The court’s majority offered their decision in Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak without comment. The same justices made a similar ruling in May regarding California’s COVID-19 restrictions on religious services.

Governor Sisolak’s rule allows casinos, bars, restaurants, and gyms to operate at 50% capacity but restricts churches from gatherings with more than 50 people regardless of building size or social distancing compliance.

Justices Alito, Thomas and Kavanaugh objected to this decision in three lengthy dissenting opinions. Justice Gorsuch also offered his own succinct dissent.

“There is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesar’s Palace over Calvary Chapel,” said Timothy Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “This is an outrageous policy by Governor Sisolak, and we urge the Supreme Court to change their ruling and accept Calvary Chapel’s emergency plea. We must defend the Constitution and protect religious liberty, even in the midst of a pandemic.”

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