Reaffirming rights on religion
I want to thank the first U.S. Congress for enacting the Bill of Rights into law on December 15, 1791.
I want to thank the Congress for the First Amendment stating freedom from Government in religion.
I want to thank the Congress for the Eighth Amendment which ensures government can't use criminal law to "make citizens docile and afraid" (Brettschnieder, The Oath and Office).
I would like to thank the attorney general of the United States for his forbearance that allowed consideration of the caronavirus.
I would like to thank the attorney general of the United States for returning to guaranteeing our religious rights in the face of the states' overreach.
I would like to thank the attorney general of Illinois for what I believe was his role in convincing our governor that his mandatory measures were indefensible in a court of law.
I would like to thank Gov. Pritzker for his deft pivot, reinterpreting his order allowing religious services to resume with usual precautions.
I would like to thank the Supreme Court of the United States for moving at the speed of government and not issuing their contentious ruling before Illinois'.
I would like to thank the Daily Herald for printing this letter.
Finally, I would like to thank the brave congregations and attorneys that led the effort, unnecessary though it should have been, to achieve this victory.