Federal Judge Rules Against Lena Church
May 13, 2020
A federal judge in Illinois ruled Sunday that Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order is constitutional, even though it interferes with people's right to gather in large numbers for worship services.
In a decision that came just three days after the complaint was filed, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee acknowledged that the freedom of religion is a "foundational" right and that the order does, in fact, interfere with the free exercise of that right.
"But even the foundational rights secured by the First Amendment are not without limits; they are subject to restriction if necessary to further c...