Poll: 48% Say No In Person Religious Services Should Be Allowed During Bat Soup Virus

We’re apparently dictating Constitutional Rights by polls now

Poll: Most in US back curbing in-person worship amid virus

While the White House looks ahead to reopening houses of worship, most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic — and only about a third say that prohibiting in-person services violates religious freedom, a new poll finds. (snip)

Just 9% of Americans think in-person religious services should be permitted without restrictions, while 42% think they should be allowed with restrictions, and 48% think they should not be allowed at all, the poll shows. Even among Americans who identify with a religion, 45% say in-person services shouldn’t be allowed at all.

White evangelical Protestants, however, are particularly likely to think that in-person services should be allowed in some form, with just 35% saying they should be completely prohibited. Close to half – 46% — also say they think prohibiting those services violates religious freedom.

Um, it rather does violate it. It’s baked into the First Amendment, and every state Constitution says something similar. Notice that the 1st Amendment actually starts out with Freedom of Religion (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) before speech, press, protesting. Government has no authority to stop worship. They can certainly ask the leaders to only hold services using social distancing, but, dictating it? No.

The Justice Department last month sided with a Mississippi church in its legal challenge to local limits on drive-in worship. Still, the poll found 56% of Americans say prohibiting drive-in services does not violate religious freedom.

Are Constitutional Rights are not up for polling.

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12 Responses to “Poll: 48% Say No In Person Religious Services Should Be Allowed During Bat Soup Virus”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Teach,

    If a gov’t temporarily restricts gatherings, should religious groups receive special rights?

    Any government that singles out religious gatherings would be violating the constitution.

    But if there is a temporary prohibition against all gatherings of a certain size, is that really unconstitutional if applied to religious services?

    • formwiz says:

      If a gov’t temporarily restricts gatherings, should religious groups receive special rights?

      They already have them, nitwit.

      But if there is a temporary prohibition against all gatherings of a certain size, is that really unconstitutional if applied to religious services?

      Of course it is. But that’s the whole point.

    • formwiz says:

      If a gov’t temporarily restricts gatherings, should religious groups receive special rights?

      Any government that singles out religious gatherings would be violating the constitution.

      Thank you, Captain Obvious.

      But if there is a temporary prohibition against all gatherings of a certain size, is that really unconstitutional if applied to religious services?

      Of course, it is. But that’s the whole point.

  2. Professor hale says:

    I don’t see any problem with the same restrictions as I face at COSTCO.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    It turns out watching Sean Hannity is a risk factor for Covid-19!

    https://www.npr.org/local/309/2020/05/04/849109486/study-finds-more-c-o-v-i-d-19-cases-among-viewers-of-fox-news-host-who-downplayed-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR01FzxZRfx8HXRVK6zvajIKXO2w-l7TuI-z_p5pvP5UMmJr4GwecMaXPgk

    Of course the data are confounded by the fact that 50% of FOX viewers are 65 and over.

  4. formwiz says:

    Funny how neither article has a link to the poll cited.

  5. rodney stanton says:

    Religion has been in disfavor in America for at least 60 years. In ’61 the President denigrated his predecessor for adding 2 words to the pledge! Ike added “under God”.

    • formwiz says:

      Wrong.

      The do your own thing brand of religion pushed by the Left has been in disfavor.

      The real thing is as popular as ever.

  6. Dana says:

    Two federal judges bitch-slapped Reichsstatthalter Andy Beshear (NSDAP-KY), invalidating his orders prohibiting in person church services. The decisions were too narrowly tailored for my taste, based on Herr Beshear’s orders not being narrowly tailored enough. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove wrote. “If social distancing is good enough for Home Depot and Kroger, it is good enough for in-person religious services which, unlike the foregoing, benefit from constitutional protection.”

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Teach,

    It’s officially tPV, the tRump Plague Virus.

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