Justice Barrett sides with court’s decision not to lift bans on singing in houses of worship

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.”

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  1. But, you can record your singing voice at home and bring it to the Church providing they are Biblical Songs and sung in the key of “G”od.
    Is that OK SCOTUS, please and thanks?

      1. I feel that when u are in the house of god , you should have the right to sing . Cause if you are a big mask believer, then what are you worried about you are protected. Or do you not trust your mask . In a church I feel that if you come there it’s at your choice and remember you don’t have to be there! So if you feel that your mask don’t protect you then don’t go . Just like anywhere else ! Church is a place of god and in there you are with him and you should leave your political views out of his house . That’s a place that Christians feel safe and they don’t need the political mess on the street . Singing is Christian way of praising the lord and bringing mess like politics isn’t allowed .

        1. Very well stated and oh so true. There is some common sense folks out there after all. I was beginning to think they all left and went to another planet. Praise the Lord and thank you for your insight!

      1. Should not be banned. Amy is sort of a rhino traitor. She wouldn’t even have that job if it wasn’t for Trump. So disappointed in her

          1. True Conley is listening to the haters CNN and biased reporting! The church needs to meet ~ people need people❤️ Just. Wash hands , Sanitation and distancing. Unconstitutional!🙄

        1. True Conley is listening to the haters CNN and biased reporting! The church needs to meet ~ people need people❤️ Just. Wash hands , Sanitation and distancing. Unconstitutional!🙄

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  3. Looks like Amy has already took the hook . Where is prohibiting singing in Church in the constitution or Bill of Rights. If politicians are allowed to get a set a side over our constitution and 1st amendment there will be more set a sides to come . We won’t recognize our constitution in a short time. Nice job Amy!

  4. Already compromised Huh? Democrats usual tactics threaten mayhem, while down the hall they are saying that Trump telling people to walk to the Capitol peacefully and patrionically is akin to 9/11 violence. Rule for thee ,but not for we.

  5. Limiting a congregations’ right to worship INSIDE their church in any manner they choose should NOT be decided by a court! That infringes upon religious liberty and freedom of speech! What are these judges thinking, or are they?

  6. So Diane got her feathers all ruffled up for nothing.Do not Jews have a Cantor who sings? Guess she is not a regular at her place of worship like Pelosi, who has been excommunicated by the Catholic Church from receiving communion. due to her belief that abortion is not the murder of an unborn child.

  7. If they can ban “any part” of a service then they can ban the service itself, and lock the doors to the church. Even I know that’s unconstitutional.

  8. The Dems and Roberts has threats hanging over the SCOTUS. That is why they did not proceed with the Fraud committed during the 2020 election. The current Administration is not a legal Administration. All of them are there illegally. They are selling our country to Communist China.

  9. Is she in bed with the chief Justice? Why did we work hard for her appointment, if she won’t even stand with her Belief of the Discipline of Christ. Does she not understand, if she is insuring some comfort for herself, she is destroying her soul. I am not disappointed, I am very Angry; apparently she is a follower and not a disciple that she claims to be. She said she what not use is her beliefs in making a decision. That was a literal bunch of nonsense; no one ever makes a decision without using their beliefs. How can then, a moral vagrant, make a decision?

  10. Keep in mind that words are an important aspect of any filing. perhaps like the voter fraud cases, I the filings had been approached in a different manner, fron a different angle. That could very well make a huge difference as it does in voter fraud cases. Many times court cases hinge on the method of approach.

  11. Let’s see, how many times have, (so self called) liberals upset the balance of American tranquility and personal Liberty?
    My favorite is LBJ. Exploiting the Viet Nam war with 58,000 Americans killed for nothing.
    Here we go again with liberal tyrants running rampant in D.C.!
    Remember tranquility and personal liberty?
    Looks like out the window.
    I’m not forgetting about the infamous George Wallace either.

    1. Amen, Vicky. This whole shutdown thing is wrong from day one. We’ll take our chances, that’s what the Country always does, it’s your choice. If you’re at risk & you believe there’s danger, make that decision yourself. The Commies don’t want us to meet & Pray & Sing or any of it………life is full of risks. We have no idea of how many people died of what now they’ve blended everything together. Total deaths are not up, so where did the last flu numbers go? Haven’t heard anything about that. Just Wuhan Buhan all the time.

  12. Singing and/or chanting is a main part of worship. They try to make everything judgemental down to the most minor detail. All common sense is lost.

  13. I guess we will have to start having church in a bar. They are essential.
    This is so stupid it is unbelievable. Churches can’t open, bars can. Would it be that the government gets more tax money from the bars? Think about it. Why else would they want to keep churches closed and bars open?

  14. you want to end all this and get the cure all you have to do is read 2 chronicles chapter 7:14 SIN in this country and world is on the rise and no one really seams to care , reminder the flood , reminder sodom & gomorrah reminder the dessert , reminder all the bad things that are happening these days , it’s time to wake up , stop trying to walk on the fence you could fall off on the wrong side .

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