There was a huge win for the Constitutional right to freedom of religion on Friday.
The Louisiana Supreme Court sided today in favor of Pastor Tony Spell who continued to hold church services in defiance of Dr. Tony Fauci and Governor John Bel Edwards during the COVID pandemic in the spring of 2020.
Dr. Fauci urged state leaders to place significant restrictions on US churches to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the restrictions on gatherings and the stay-at-home mandate Edwards imposed were unconstitutional as they applied to Spell. The ordered charges against Pastor Spell to be dropped.
Here is the Louisiana Supreme Court ruling released today.
Charges against embattled Life Tabernacle pastor Tony Spell for defying the governor’s COVID emergency orders have been dropped by the Louisiana Supreme Court. https://t.co/KWPlyTKXzn pic.twitter.com/77r6zEeWlL
— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) May 13, 2022
The Advocate reported:
The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Tony Spell, the Central Pastor who continued to hold church services in defiance of restrictions Gov. John Bel Edwards imposed to stop the spread of COVID.
Overruling lower courts, the justices ruled that the restrictions on gatherings and the stay-at-home mandate Edwards imposed were unconstitutional as they applied to Spell. They ordered the charges against him quashed.
Justices John Weimer and Piper Griffin dissented on the ruling.
Statement from Gov. John Bel Edwards:
“While the Governor disagrees with the Court’s ruling and maintains that his orders were both necessary and lawful, he is accepting of it. Each and every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives.