The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with Christian and Jewish houses of worship ruling against New York state's latest restrictions to ban 'non-essential' religious gathering.
The 5-4 decision was the first consequential action involving conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast a vote in favor of the religious groups, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish Congregations.
The latest decision reflects Justice Amy Coney Barrett's impact on a now conservative-leaning Supreme Court.
Earlier this year, it had turned away similar requests by churches in Nevada and California with a 5-4 majority decision leaning liberal prior to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
In early October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo closed non-essential businesses in areas where infections had spiked, like in parts of Brooklyn and limited religious gatherings to 10 or 25 people depending on the number of cases.
The houses of worship say the restrictions violated religious freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts dissented along with the court's three liberals.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on January 17 appealed countrymen to participate in the construction of the Ram Temple by donation. Akshay very gracefully turned his storytelling mode on and narrated a chunk of a story about Ram Setu and urged people to contribute in the construction of Ram Temple. Last year, the Supreme Court gave its historic decision on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. The Apex Court gave its judgment in favour of Ram Temple. After that time, the route of construction of Ram Temple was cleared.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government expects the farmers to discuss the farm laws clause by clause on January 19 as after Supreme Court's order laws are not being implemented. He further asked the farmers union for a solution other than repealing the laws. "Most of the farmers, experts and scientists are in favour of farm laws. After Supreme Court's order, the laws can't be implemented. Now we expect that farmers discuss the laws clause-wise on January 19 and tell government what they want other than the repeal of the laws," said Narendra Singh Tomar while speaking to ANI on January 17.
All India Kisan Sabha, General Secretary, Hannan Mollah said the government is dragging things so that the protesting farmers get tired and leave. His comments came after the ninth round of discussion between the Centre and farmers remained inconclusive. The next round of talks will be held on January 19. “For almost two months, we are suffering and dying in cold weather. The government is giving us 'tarikh pe tarikh' and are dragging things so that we get tired and leave the place. This is their conspiracy," said Mollah. The 9th round of talks came after the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the farm laws. The Supreme Court formed four-member committee to mediate between farmers and the centre. Farmers have demanded that the three farm laws be taken back. They have been protesting against the farm laws for over 50 days now. Watch the full video for more.
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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro compared Amazon removing Parler from its web-hosting service to the 1938 pogrom during which Nazis destroyed thousands of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues, killed 91 Jews and deported 30,000 to concentration camps.
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Dozens of Palestinians living in a sensitive part of East Jerusalem are at risk of eviction after Israeli court rulings that their homes are built on land belonging to Jewish settlers, the European Union says. Emily Wither reports.
Scattered vaccine shortages cropped up on the front lines of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, prompting at least one large healthcare system to cancel a slew of appointments of people hoping to be inoculated. This report produced by Emma Jehle.
[NFA] As the events that unfolded in Washington on Wednesday captured the nation's attention, the raging coronavirus pandemic claimed its highest U.S. death toll yet, killing more than 4,000 people in a single day, according to a Reuters tally. Colette Luke has more.
[NFA] The governors of New York and Florida sought to accelerate the slower-than-expected rollout of coronavirus vaccines by warning hospitals on Monday that they would reduce future allocations to those that fail to dispense shots quickly enough. Freddie Joyner has more.
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will make the first ever papal visit to Iraq in March, as Iraq’s Christian population faces serious decline, especially since the war with the ISIL from 2014 to 2017.
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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The NRA says it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. The organization has been beset by financial troubles for years. The NRA is also relocating from New York to Florida where it will register as a nonprofit. The National Rifle Association has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the group said in a statement Friday. Internal financial documents showed that it increased spending over revenue and it ran a deficit for several years, including a gap of $10.8 million in 2018.
The son of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has lost an appeal againsthis late father’s conviction. The bombing of Pan Am flight 103, travellingfrom London to New York on December 21 1988, killed 270 people in Britain’slargest terrorist atrocity. Former Libyan intelligence officer Megrahi wasfound guilty in 2001 of mass murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of27 years – the only person convicted of the attack. A third appeal against hisconviction was heard in November at the High Court in Edinburgh, before apanel of five judges sitting as the Court of Appeal.
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President-elect Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals judge Merrick Garland to be the next U.S. attorney general, a Biden transition official said on Wednesday. Most Americans know Garland as the 2016 Supreme Court pick of President Barack Obama but whose nomination was blocked by Republicans. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Attorney Lin Wood tweeted on Friday that Vice President Mike Pence should be arrested for treason and executed by firing squad. The staunch supporter of President Donald Trump also blamed Chief Justice John Roberts and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the election results. According to Business Insider, Wood's remarks triggered some Republicans to issue tweets to distance themselves from him.
Ahead of 9th talk over farm laws between farmers unions and centre, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that they will forth its views before the committee, appointed by the court. He..