Ex-Obama staffer calls Supreme Court ruling on religious exceptions to coronavirus rules 'illegitimate'


A former Obama White House employee rejected the Supreme Court's decision to block New York from enforcing occupation rules for churches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama's former deputy national security adviser, called the 5-4 ruling "illegitimate," adding that the ruling would put "more lives in danger."

The court issued an injunction on Wednesday night, restricting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from enforcing a 10- and 25-person occupancy limit on religious services. The request was brought forth by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel.

The unsigned majority opinion said the restrictions would violate religious freedom and weren't neutral since they "single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment," according to NBC News.

Chief Justice John Roberts, along with the three liberal-leaning Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, dissented. Sotomayor and Kagan argued that granting the injunction “will ... (Read more)

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