Religious schools challenge pandemic order

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s religious private schools are waiting for a federal judge to decide whether Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent executive order to temporarily close all schools in the state applies to them

Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy filed a lawsuit against the governor, challenging that action. A long list of religious schools, churches, parents and others have joined them in support.

They argue that the order violates First Amendment protections regarding the free exercise of religion. But the governor argues that the measure is a temporary move necessary to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Both sides argued their views in court on Monday.

The judge could issue an decision on whether or not to block the move at any time.