Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Chicago Church Threatened With Closure by State Government for Violating Coronavirus Gathering Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Chicago church that faced the threat of summary abatement and temporary closure for holding worship services in violation of coronavirus pandemic-related gathering restrictions.

Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church in Albany Park, which objects to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s past actions to close down churches during the COVID-19 pandemic, sued the state government to guarantee that it can’t be closed by the governor in a future lockdown.

In an orders list released Monday morning, the nation’s high court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari, adding that Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the proceedings.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski