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The right to worship: Church and state clash over religious services in the coronavirus era

May 11, 2020

By Mansee Khurana

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, CaliforniaLouisianaVirginia and elsewhere. Now, the Trump administration is weighing in.

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