California judge rules for strip clubs’ First Amendment rights; churches still shuttered

California judge rules for strip clubs’ First Amendment rights; churches still shuttered
St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, San Francisco. YouTube video, James Chang

[Ed. – Don’t be California.]

A California judge in San Diego has ruled that the state cannot take any action to prevent strip clubs from “being allowed to provide live adult entertainment,” and must allow them to reopen. The owners had argued their First Amendment rights were being violated and the judge agreed.

Meanwhile, places of worship are making the exact same argument about their First Amendment rights and remain closed. Apparently, sinful activity has more rights than godly pursuits.

In fact, this is a case study in why lockdowns are unfair and invariably arbitrary. So far, the courts have mostly given the government a free hand in this public health crisis, but how much longer is this “state of emergency” going to be used to violate the Constitution with impunity?

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