On May 10, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.30. This Order reversed the New York State Health Department’s destructive policy requiring nursing homes not to bar “medically stable” COVID-19 patients from admission. Executive Order No. 202.30 reads, in pertinent part, as follows: Any article 28 general hospital shall not discharge a patient…

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As the State of New York continues to battle COVID-19, New York’s churches continue to face challenging questions about how to minister during a pandemic. In recent weeks, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has repeatedly urged the State of New York to allow drive-in movie theaters to re-open. The reason? If drive-in theaters were re-opened,…

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Pastors, please sign on to the following letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding church re-opening. Dear Gov. Cuomo: We, the undersigned, are pastors of New York churches. We write to urge you to prioritize the safe re-opening of churches for in-person worship services as part of your New York Forward plan. The COVID-19 pandemic has…

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In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun to lay out plans for the gradual re-opening of New York’s businesses and communities. As the Governor’s plans unfold, churches across New York are making plans as well. Pastors and church leaders have two challenging questions to consider as they contemplate life after the coronavirus lockdown. Click…

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On May 3, 2020, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a Statement of Interest in the case of Lighthouse Christian Church v. Northam. The federal case was filed by Lighthouse Christian Church in Chincoteague, Virginia. The church sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after police served a summons upon its pastor for holding an…

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Recent executive actions taken by New York government have altered both the voting process and the timing of various elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. Executive Order 202.23 cancelled state legislative special elections that had been scheduled for June 23, 2020, as well as a special election for Queens Borough President. Later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

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In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized for failing to adequately protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus. This criticism is well-founded. On March 25, 2020, the New York State Department of Health sent an advisory document to nursing home administrators. Like many government documents that bear non-threatening labels such as “advisory,” “guidance,”…

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In the recent case of Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a unanimous jury verdict for a defendant to be convicted of a serious crime in state court. Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas penned concurring opinions in the Ramos case…

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