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So Much for Religious Liberty
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when Nevada comes up? Probably Las Vegas and gambling in general. In the Silver State, it seems, casinos are in fact king – and a majority on the Supreme Court agrees.
As Liberty Nation’s Scott D. Cosenza explained:
“On Friday, July 24, the Supreme Court ruled against a Nevada church that sued the state over its COVID-19 isolation regulations. Steve Sisolak, the Democrat governor, has dictated that churches can have a maximum of 50 people at mass. His emergency health order allows for casinos in the state to have up to 50% occupancy in their establishments, letting thousands gather there. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley thought the Constitution would give them the same rights at least that casinos had. Four justices agreed, but only four, and so the churches must turn away their flock as bets are placed across town.”
What to Watch For
Now that the High Court has had its say, the case will return to the lower courts. Watch for this and other religious freedom cases to make their way through the court system. When it’s all said and done and COVID is in the rearview, what liberty will be left?
On the Bright Side
On the bright side of things, the unplanned break the world had to take for the sake of Coronavirus has caused some positive comebacks.
Liberty Nation’s Leesa K. Donner recently wrote:
“Well, it appears that cooking has made a comeback because of the Coronavirus. For the first couple of months, folks were willing to order take out, but that can get old fast. There’s been a run on kitchen appliances, pots and pans, kitchen gadgets (pass the chopper please), and just about anything to do with cooking. Are we seeing the resurgence of the homecooked meal? This isn’t only true for the U.S., either. In England, urdesign Magazine reported an uptick in time spent preparing meals. This includes “batch cooking,” which provides a feast for the evening with two or three additional portions set for the freezer.
Cooking spawns another lost cultural behavior: the family dinner. One can almost hear June calling the troops to the table: “Wally, Beav, time for dinner.” With fewer activities, parents and kids are sitting down to eat together. Enjoying a homecooked meal with the family has also provided multiple opportunities to get our noses out of mobile phones and actually communicate with one another. Imagine that?”
As well as home cooking, family dinners, and a break from digital devices, the lockdown also brought about a rise in family game night.
What to Watch For
As the world opens back up after the Coronapocalypse, one can only hope that the positives remain and the ridiculous restrictions all fade into memory.
Washington Whispers & Other Juicy Tidbits
Be on the lookout for:
- As Congress works on the next round of Coronavirus relief, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the House could stay in session longer if necessary to arrive at a deal with Senate leaders for a new coronavirus relief package. Will the two bodies work together to pass another massive bill to redistribute trillions of tax dollars, or is that, too, beginning to fade?
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