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New Jersey Religious Leaders Ask Supreme Court to End Curbs on Worship

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New Jersey Religious Leaders Ask Supreme Court to End Curbs on Worship
Attorneys for a Roman Catholic priest and Orthodox Jewish rabbi have filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court in hopes of curbing New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s ongoing pandemic-related restrictions on houses of worship.
In the case known as Robinson v. Murphy, the applicants filed an 82-page document with the nation’s highest court on Nov. 19 over what they claim are the Democratic governor’s discriminatory actions abusing religious freedom in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The applicants’ previous pleas for relief were denied by a U.S. district judge and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. They’re now asking the Supreme Court to address the case, which they say demonstrates an “indisputably clear” violation of the right to equal treatment.

Threat of Litigation Ensures Abortion Protesters Right to Pray Outside Clinic

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Abortion Protesters’ Right to Pray Outside Clinic Ensured by Threat of Litigation
Under legal pressure, officials in Hagerstown, Maryland, backed away from a local policy aimed to combat the CCP virus by preventing religious pro-life activists from praying on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic.
The development comes as several states have relaxed containment measures targeting the expression of religious beliefs and a handful of others are preparing to scale back stay-at-home orders. It also comes as states such as Michigan, which on April 14 dropped charges against pro-life sidewalk counselors, are backing away from limiting pro-life activists’ free speech rights outside abortion clinics as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus and which causes the disease COVID-19.