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Donald Trump and his supporters were in shock.

The President thought that with the additions of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, conservatives would win the major decisions.

But the Supreme Court hit Trump with a 2020 setback that no one is going to like.

Democrat governors around the country used the coronavirus pandemic to pursue their war on Christian values.

After two months of lockdowns which banned religious services, churches around the country began to file legal challenges to the unconstitutional infringements on the First Amendment right to freely exercise one’s religion.

But in a surprising midnight decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four liberals and upheld the state of California’s order to limit church capacity.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote his opinion that unelected judges should not second-guess public officials during a pandemic.

“The precise question of when restrictions on particular social activities should be lifted during the pandemic is a dynamic and fact-intensive matter subject to reasonable disagreement. Our Constitution principally entrusts ‘[t]he safety and the health of the people’ to the politically accountable officials of the States ‘to guard and protect,’” the Chief Justice began.

“When those officials ‘undertake to act in areas fraught with medical and scientific uncertainties,’ their latitude ‘must be especially broad.’ Where those broad limits are not exceeded, they should not be subject to second-guessing by an ‘unelected federal judiciary,’ which lacks the background, competence, and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people,” Chief Justice Roberts added.

Brett Kavanaugh authored the dissent.

Kavanaugh pointed out that under Governor Newsom’s order, churches were treated differently than other businesses in terms of capacity limits.

“The Church and its congregants simply want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses. California already trusts its residents and any number of businesses to adhere to proper social distancing and hygiene practices. The State cannot ‘assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work or go about the rest of their daily lives in permitted social settings,’” Kavanaugh argued.

“The State also has substantial room to draw lines, especially in an emergency. But as relevant here, the Constitution imposes one key restriction on that line-drawing: The State may not discriminate against religion,” Kavanaugh added.

Chief Justice Roberts’ excuse that judges should not contradict elected officials flies in the face of some of his previous decisions.

Last year, Chief Justice Roberts second-guessed the Trump administration when he rejected a proposed question about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Every year, Roberts disappoints conservatives as he continues to drift leftward on his judicial opinions.

That’s because in his heart of hearts, Roberts is a creature of the Washington establishment.

And that means the most important thing to Roberts is what the liberal media writes about him, which would explain his increasingly liberal voting record.

American Patriot Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.