Thursday, July 22, 2021

6th Circuit Hears Arguments On Masking Requirement For K-5 Religious Schools

Yesterday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments (audio of full arguments) in Resurrection School v. Hertel. In the case, a Michigan federal district court refused to issue a preliminary injunction sought by parents of Catholic school children to eliminate the COVID face covering requirement for children attending K through Grade 5 at religious schools. Parents contend that the requirement interferes with the free exercise of the students' religion. (See prior posting.) Washington Post, reporting on appellants' arguments, said in part:

[A]ttorneys for Resurrection School in Lansing and two parents will tell the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that Catholic doctrine holds that every person is made in God’s image.

“Unfortunately, a mask shields our humanity,” the school argued in its lawsuit. “And because God created us in His image, we are masking that image.”