Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued an advisory opinion saying the government can’t close religious schools. Cameron said any attempt by the governor, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or any local officials to shut down private religious schools is a violation of state and federal constitutional rights. Cameron said “Our courts have consistently held, throughout this pandemic, that religious entities are protected by our Constitution. Religiously affiliated schools and that they’re an important extension of faith for many Kentucky families, and the state cannot prevent them from operating so long as necessary health precautions are observed.” Kudos to Cameron. Leaders in each private school must determine what’s best for their students and families. And Cameron’s opinion affirms that constitutionally protected religious freedom isn’t suspended during a pandemic.