New Jersey church and synagogue ask Supreme Court to lift COVID restrictions on gatherings


A New Jersey church and synagogue asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to intervene in their lawsuit alleging the state unequally applies COVID-19 restrictions to religious activities.

The petition to Justice Samuel Alito comes after a lower court rejected their attempts to file an injunction. Alito can act on the application himself or ask his colleagues to weigh in on the issue.

Wednesday's move is the latest in a series from religious entities challenging coronavirus restrictions.

Rabbi Yisrael A. Knopfler and Fr. Kevin Robinson of Saint Anthony of Padua Church filed their suits earlier this year, prompting a series of court battles.

"The First Amendment protects religious exercise from discriminatory value judgments by public authorities in the exercise of 'emergency powers,'" the application reads "More than eight months into the era of COVID-19, however, religious gatherings in New Jersey (and several other ... (Read more)

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