EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): This is the first SCOTUS order made possible with the majority allowed by the new Justice Amy Coney Barrett… Many more to come soon!! As for GOA leadership maybe they can take a hint now?
By John Solomon (justthenews.com)
The Supreme Court late Wednesday struck down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings, as new Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast one of her first high-impact votes and Chief Justice John Roberts sided in dissent with the court’s liberal bloc. In a 5-4 decision, the court said Cuomo’s restrictions violated the Constitution’s First Amendment right to freedom of worship and granted an injunction barring the rules from being enforced. “Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area,” the majority opinion said. “But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.
The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.” ADVERTISING You can read the ruling here. File 20a87_4g15.pdf Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote a separate opinion siding with the conservative majority, saying churches and synagogues were treated differently than commercial institutions by the state. “It is time — past time — to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques,” Gorsuch argued. Roberts’ dissenting opinion accused the court of acting irrationally and disregarding the public health expertise of the state. “It is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic,” he wrote.
“As for GOA leadership maybe they can take a hint now?”
You’re joking, right?
Does anyone really expect these “leaders”, career bumblers at best (that’s if you wish them ethical) callous criminal blasphemers more likely, do you honestly expect them to honorably step down, to put down the ‘koutala’ and allow the parishes to survive? They’ve never acted that way before, it would be foolish to expect it now.
And if the ‘cavalry’ comes at the last minute to rescue this wretched mess, that is the Archons or some other wealthy ‘stewards’ bail them out of bankruptcy with stacks of cash, did you forget that Arch. Demetrios never asked how the money was made? Will the GOA have ANY claim to legitimacy, sanctity, etc. !?
These ‘leaders’ ran for the hills when called to demonstrate their faith, to lead the flock of sheep. In fact, for almost any entire year now, what have they done to console, to inspire the parishioners??
Because they’ve mismanaged the money so badly (or pocketed it via their salaries & pensions) they even shut down the Orthodox Observer and left all on their own to watch the deceitful American Media or to take religious advice from the Catholic Pope, whom the Orthodox Church, if it were legitimate at all, would still view as a HERETIC going back 1000 years to the Ecumenical Councils…..
Aw, who am I kidding? The GOA has been a zombie church, a social club that clings to olde traditions to keep the doors open, for about 5 decades now. Stupidly, they dismiss Hellenism, the foundation of Christianity because it’s “ethnic”, yet cling to folk dancing groups and “fueled by ouzo” Festivals, because that keeps the cash coming. The Greek Orthodox Church dogma has never lost its value to lead human Civilization to its best. The present ‘leaders’ of the GOA are clueless, and so desperate now that they are embarking on a spanish-speaking mission (shamelessly pursuing that cash, no?) despite the hypocrisy of their prior blather about evolving beyond ‘ethinicity’. To remove the Hellenistic philosophy from Christianity is to gut it and leave it to die hollow. There are legions of ‘reformed’ churches, and particularly in the USA, anyone is free to join one of them. The Orthodox Church has lately failed to be what it is supposed to be.
Judge them by what they’ve done. What they’ve done, unrepentently. Still waiting for the financial reports they promised 2-3 years ago, when they had to admit the cash drawer was cleaned out…….
Happy Thanksgiving everyone,
and may God Bless America because it is lives up to its founding principles and leads Mankind. (as the Greeks have done in so many ways for 7000 years!)