Sunday, December 13, 2020

Court Refuses To Enjoin Kentucky Limits On In-Person Religious School Instruction

 In Pleasant View Baptist Church v. Saddler, (ED KY, Dec. 11, 2020, a Kentucky federal district court refused to issue a preliminary injunction against enforcement of Kentucky's COVID-19 orders that, among other things, ban in-person teaching at religious schools and limit the size of in-home social gatherings. Relying on 6th Circuit precedent, the court rejected free exercise challenges by Christian schools. It added, however:

Ultimately, the Supreme Court will decide this question. Danville Christian Academy, Inc., et al. v. Beshear, 20-6341 (6th Cir. Nov. 29, 2020), appeal docketed, No. 20A96 (Dec. 1, 2020). At this juncture, an injunction is not supported given the teaching of the Sixth Circuit, but that could change. And if it does, this Court will revisit Pleasant View’s request.