As the coronavirus quarantine continues into another week, some people have grown discontented with the restrictive measures imposed on individuals by various state governments. Specifically, there are growing calls to loosen the restrictions on attending church and on assemblies of people.
Those who argue that public health policies supersede civil liberties argue that allowing assemblies would lead to a spread of coronavirus. This side tends to believe that limiting some rights like assembly and worship is necessary during this health crisis in order to minimize the number of Americans who die from the virus. They also argue that there are ways for individuals to assemble and worship virtually.
Those who oppose the number of restrictions on assemblies argue that they violate fundamental freedoms that should never be trampled on. This side tends to believe that individual rights like the freedom to worship and the freedom to assemble should take precedent over any health and safety concerns in a community. They also fear that precedents for restricting basic liberties during a crisis will be used later to justify further limitations on freedoms.
What do you think? Do public health policies supersede civil liberties? Students can answer Yes, public health policies do supersede civil liberties; No, they do not supersede civil liberties; or something in between!