What was that? Did you hear it? Just a hint of a whisper. Scarcely enough to stir the dust. But it’s a start. Maybe the U.S. Constitution isn’t dead yet, after all. According to a Washington Post story, U.S. District of Western Pennsylvania Judge William Strickland IV ruled that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s executive orders limiting “gatherings and closure of nonessential businesses” (including religious services – maybe someone should have reminded him that attending church services is not a “business” activity) violated both the First Amendment and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

The Post story points out that the case “stemmed from a complaint filed in May by four Pennsylvania counties — Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington — which argued against the state’s orders to close ‘non-life-sustaining’ businesses and limit gatherings to 25 people indoors or 250 people outdoors.” (Technically, it wasn’t “the state’s order,” but a gubernatorial executive order, bypassing the State Legislature.)

Bud Nason lives in Littlestown, is a Conservative Thinker and an Adams County Voter. E-mail him at budnason@aol.com.

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