On the day prior to his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared:
“If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly.”
We begin with news of the Supreme Court upholding this right – barely.
1. Supreme Court Strikes Down California’s Restrictions on In-Home Worship Gatherings
From The Daily Citizen:
In a late-night order on Friday, the United States Supreme Court struck down California’s restrictions prohibiting religious in-home gatherings, including Bible studies and worship activities, involving people from more than three households.
The 5-4 decision was made largely on ideological lines, with the exception of Chief Justice John Roberts who dissented from the opinion, joining the court’s liberal wing. The opinion overrules the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which had originally upheld California’s restrictions on in-home worship gatherings.
The majority opinion was “per curiam,” meaning it was attributed to the court, rather than one specific justice.
Supreme Court leaves major conservative cases waiting in the wings, from abortion to guns
From USA Today:
Rather than handing conservatives a string of victories, the justices have – so far – left advocates on the right grasping for answers about why a number of pending challenges dealing with some of the nation’s biggest controversies have languished.
From an abortion case out of Mississippi to a scorching dispute between Texas and California pitting religious freedom against gay rights, the justices are sitting on several contentious issues that will wait until this fall – at the earliest – to get a hearing, assuming the court takes the cases at all.
“There’s always a reason to kick the can down the road,” lamented Josh Blackman, a law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston. “These issues linger and fester if they don’t come to any sort of resolution. That’s sort of where we are.”