Former Dem Presidential Candidate Cheers SCOTUS Religious Freedom Ruling

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Posted: Dec 01, 2020 10:40 AM
Former Dem Presidential Candidate Cheers SCOTUS Religious Freedom Ruling

Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo

The Supreme Court sent a wakeup call to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, ruling that his edict to limit gatherings in Catholic diocese and synagogues was unconstitutional. To paraphrase Justice Neil Gorsuch, it made no sense that Cuomo's mandates had reopened liquor stores, but maintained limits on churches. 

Democratic Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who ran for president last year, was a surprise supporter of the SCOTUS ruling. The Democrat cheered the justices' decision as a First Amendment win. She thanked the Court for treating churches the same as secular institutions.

Social media users replied to Gabbard's tweet by urging her to switch parties. That's old news, though. During the Democratic primary, Gabbard's often common sense messages had a lot of conservatives wondering what she was doing standing onstage with the likes of self-described Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In their response to the Supreme Court ruling, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn said that the act of prayer in a time of pandemic is "essential." And they have done all they can to make it as safe as possible.

"I have said from the beginning the restrictions imposed by Governor Cuomo were an overreach that did not take into account the size of our churches or the safety protocols that have kept parishioners safe," said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

In his own statement, Gov. Cuomo tried to argue that the ruling was irrelevant.