As we told you earlier, Sen. Ted Cruz said that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has “abandoned his oath” by siding with the four liberals on the Court yet again. The SCOTUS voted 5-4 to reject a Nevada church’s plea to suspend the state’s public health order limiting attendance at services:
NEW: #SCOTUS won't halt Nevada's ban on more than 50 people in places of worship. Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh dissent. (19A1070)
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) July 24, 2020
The basic dispute revolved around this:
Nevada has placed a 50-person cap on all places of worship, no matter the capacity of the building, as a part of the state’s coronavirus restrictions.
But casinos, along with other businesses such as restaurants and movie theaters, may permit up to 50 percent capacity, allowing casinos to grant access to hundreds of patrons at a time.
Roberts is getting plenty of attention for how he sided, but so is Justice Neil Gorsuch’s dissent. Gorsuch does a nice job here of putting into words what so many have been thinking these past few months:
Justice Gorsuch manages to pack a lot of #gorsuchstyle into tonight's one-paragraph dissent. He shows personality and verve in his potshot at Vegas and hedonism and in the final sentence (the Caesars Palace/ Calvary Chapel quip brilliantly distills all three dissents). 1/ pic.twitter.com/1TjxgBKOEe
— Ross Guberman (@legalwritingpro) July 25, 2020
“There is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Cavalry Chapel.” And yet John Roberts disagreed.
Gorsuch dissent is one paragraph long and it's a dandy pic.twitter.com/eF3sWxOKyL
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 25, 2020
This dissent by Gorsuch is ???.
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) July 25, 2020
Wow. The Gorsuch dissent speaks VOLUMES. pic.twitter.com/lmJPyhDG1M
— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) July 25, 2020
It’s something else.
How do I retweet this a thousand times
— matt’s idea shop (@MattsIdeaShop) July 25, 2020
Gorsuch’s dissent puts a very fine point on the problem with Roberts thinking on this ruling. https://t.co/Sbpcy7u3tI
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) July 25, 2020
This ruling by the SCOTUS is a huge disappointment and concerns me deeply. Gorsuch nailed it in his dissent. There’s no protection for Caesars palace in the First Amendment, but there IS for religion! pic.twitter.com/Um85MOMTew
— Rob Ketterling (@robketterling) July 25, 2020
History makes the Bush Presidency look worse each day. Roberts has been a profound disappointment. Read the Gorsuch dissent, hits the point perfectly. https://t.co/hukcNrAehu
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) July 25, 2020