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How The Coronavirus Is Infecting Americans’ Civil Liberties

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As tens of millions of Americans have been placed under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, so too has the U.S. Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin famously said “those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” On the quote’s surface, the opposite perspective seems to be dominating America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The White House released strict social distancing guidelines in March, and since then, Americans have largely seen their civil liberties suspended. Religious freedom, for example, was called into question over Easter weekend, when some Christians had to go to court to secure their right to practice their faith. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Jan.21: Fauci Says Coronavirus ‘Not A Major Threat’ To U.S.)