By Mansee Khurana
Just this week, the Justice Department got behind a rural Virginia church’s claim that the state improperly discriminated against it by limiting its gatherings.
Religious leaders and state officials are squaring off in court over how to worship during the coronavirus pandemic.
Numerous churches around the country have filed lawsuits claiming that banning religious gatherings is a violation of the First Amendment, a fight that presses the question of what limits officials can place on religious practices in the name of public safety.
So far, lawsuits claiming that state restrictions on religious gatherings infringe on freedom of religion have been filed in Kentucky, California, Louisiana, Virginia and elsewhere. Now, the Trump administration is weighing in.