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In Arizona, et al. v. Mayorkas, et al, where the U.S. Supreme Court sent the Title 42 case dealing with immigration back to the lower court with instructions to dismiss the states’ request as moot, Justice Neil Gorsuch took the opportunity to state that the COVID-19 crisis may have resulted in “the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country,” on the state, local, and federal levels.

In his eight-page opinion, Justice Gorsuch blasts the lockdowns and mandates, and presents the truth with startling clarity. Importantly, this statement from the High Court comes as so many other agencies, intellectuals, and journalists are in flat-out denial of what happened to the country.

Justice Gorsuch wrote, “Since March 2020, we may have experienced the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country. Executive officials across the country issued emergency decrees on a breathtaking scale. Governors and local leaders imposed lockdown orders forcing people to remain in their homes. They shuttered businesses and schools, public and private. They closed churches even as they allowed casinos and other favored businesses to carry on.”

Justice Gorsuch also referred to Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne in Tampa, the first pastor to be arrested for holding church services when he wrote, “They threatened violators not just with civil penalties but with criminal sanctions too.”

Liberty Counsel represented Pastor Howard-Browne and as a result of his arrest, Governor Ron DeSantis declared worship as essential.

“They surveilled church parking lots, recorded license plates, and issued notices warning that attendance at even outdoor services satisfying all state social-distancing and hygiene requirements could amount to criminal conduct. They divided cities and neighborhoods into color-coded zones, forced individuals to fight for their freedoms in court on emergency timetables, and then changed their color-coded schemes when defeat in court seemed imminent,” wrote Justice Gorsuch.

Throughout the COVID cases beginning in May 2020, Justice Gorsuch has defended the Constitution and religious freedom.

In July 2021, as a result of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry’s victory against California Governor Gavin Newsom, other churches across the state and the nation experienced a positive impact from the first state-wide permanent injunction in the country against COVID restrictions on churches and places of worship.

Pastor Ché Ahn, founder of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, received a letter from the Pasadena Criminal Prosecutor threating him, the staff, and anyone who attends church with daily criminal charges each up to one year in prison, and daily fines of $1,000. As a result of the settlement with the state and Newsom, those fines are now dropped, and California may no longer impose discriminatory restrictions upon houses of worship. The governor also had to pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 for attorney’s fees and costs.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said: “It is refreshing to see the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledge the dreadful violations of civil liberties that were done during COVID under the guise of safety. Fear is a serious threat to freedom and it was used to disregard our basic constitutional rights. We must never allow this to happen again in America.”

Author: Liberty Counsel


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