During the run up to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote, left-wing groups warned that she would operate as an extremist with theocratic tendencies.
Yet as a recent article from the Daily Caller News Foundation explained, a recent decision from Barrett undermines those predictions.
On Friday, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of California may not enforce a total ban on indoor religious services, however the court did not lift bans on singing and chanting inside houses of worship.
While attorneys for the state argued that a ban on all indoor worship services was a justified response to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s highest court rejected their reasoning.
Thomas and Gorsuch
However, there was division on the question of whether or not California could prohibit singing and chanting during an indoor church service.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch both thought the ban should be voided, contending that such limitations violated the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.
“Even if a full congregation singing hymns is too risky, California does not explain why even a single masked cantor cannot lead worship behind a mask and plexiglass shield,” Gorsuch wrote in an opinion joined by Thomas.
“Or why even a lone muezzin may not sing the call to prayer from a remote location inside a mosque as worshippers file in,” the justice added.
Barrett and Kavanaugh
Yet Justices Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh were unmoved, with Barrett writing in her opinion, “The applicants bore the burden of establishing their entitlement to relief from the singing ban. In my view, they did not carry that burden — at least not on this record.”
Those words stand in stark contrast to the dire suggestions by some that Barrett would reveal herself to be a strident zealot upon taking her oath.
After she was nominated to serve on the Seventh Circuit in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) infamously complained of Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” something she said was “of concern.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation also cited a 2020 tweet from filmmaker Arlen Parsa in which he accused Barrett of wanting “to destroy RBG’s legacy” and “destroy women’s rights.”