This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 22, 2020:
Two Colorado churches — the Denver Bible Church and the nearby Community Baptist Church in Brighton — gained a reprieve last week from U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico. The churches sued Colorado Governor Jared Polis in August over his COVID-related restrictions that were overly vague and applied unevenly between the churches and secular establishments.
Domenico’s reason was constitutionally sound in granting the churches a temporary restraining order against Polis:
The Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant’s or spa’s….
The First Amendment does not allow government officials, whether in the executive or judicial branch, to treat religious worship as any less critical or essential than other human endeavors. Nor does it allow the government to determine what is a necessary part of a house of worship’s religious exercise.
Judge Domenico noted that