Courts Rule in Favor of Houses of Worship

Federal courts strike down discriminatory COVID-19 restrictions by multiple states.

This week saw the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously rule Nevada’s COVID-19 standards for houses of worship, which were more severe than those for casinos and other entertainment venues, unconstitutional. Governor Steve Sisolak had limited churches to either 50 people or 25% of capacity, whichever is fewer, while allowing 25% capacity to other venues with no maximum person count.

The U.S. Supreme Court also threw out lower court rulings in the states of New Jersey and Colorado that had allowed discriminatory COVID-19 restrictions. The justices instructed the lower courts to consider the cases through the lens of the Supreme Court’s ruling in late November that lifted COVID-related limits that had been placed on attendance at houses of worship by the state of New York.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the federal courts to rule according to the constitutional protections of religion.
  • That the Supreme Court would choose cases wisely.
  • For Americans to value and exercise their freedom to worship.

Sources: ScotusBlog,


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