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The Center for American Progress — a militant, leftist organization — is crusading against church reopenings.
Last month, the group released a commentary accusing churches that want to reopen of "distorting religious freedom into a license to spread the coronavirus" and it argued that "using religious freedom as an excuse for continuing to hold in-person gatherings is one of the most alarming examples yet in their attempt to redefine the principle."
The organization is implying that religious freedom shouldn't overrule all other rights — a claim made despite freedom of religion held as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court.
Nevertheless, the High Court ruled last week that occupancy limits on houses of worship in California are non-discriminatory, arguing the gatherings are restricted the same way movie theaters, concerts and sporting events are.
Catholic Justice Brett Kavanaugh strongly disagreed: "Comparable secular businesses are not subject to a 25% occupancy cap, including factories, offices, supermarkets, restaurants, retail stores, pharmacies, shopping malls, pet grooming shops, bookstores, florists, hair salons and cannabis dispensaries."
Faithful Catholics don't trust the Center for American Progress, as it was founded by former Hillary Clinton operative John Podesta, who conspired to overthrow the Magisterium's authority with the help of atheist, globalist, billionaire George Soros.
Critics who see this as dangerous precedent set by the Supreme Court are wondering what it heralds for the future of religious freedom in America.