Three Christians in Kentucky are bringing a lawsuit against Governor Andy Beshear (D) over his statewide lockdown order during the coronavirus outbreak, which the plaintiffs view as a violation of religious freedom, according to Law & Crime.
Theodore Roberts, Randall Daniel and Sally O’Boyle, the three plaintiffs in the case, are all members of Maryville Baptist Church. On Easter Sunday, state police placed warnings on cars in the church parking lot as an in-person service was held, despite the governor’s restrictions on large gatherings.
The lawsuit raised controversy as the plaintiffs compared their situation with the internment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s.
“Notably, of course, in times of public panic and fear, egregious violations of fundamental rights have been permitted throughout the history of this Country. Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1994). Typically, it is only well after the fact that we have recognized the error of doing so,” the lawsuit file read.
The Korematsu v. United States case referenced is a widely criticized Supreme Court decision, which justified bureaucratic racial discrimination against the Japanese-Americans.
However, the analogy between the racial discrimination and a lockdown that protects Americans from a deadly virus is not as convincing as the plaintiffs tried to present.