The DOJ has sent a letter to Gavin Newsom informing him that his lockdown of churches is unconstitutional.
Generally, churches can be locked down as long as other businesses or social gatherings are, but it is not allowed to set a separate set of rules for an activity set forth in The Constitution.
California is currently in stage 2 of opening the state, which means opening churches will be part of their Phase 3 plan, but that could be weeks or months from now. Locking down churches is a recurring theme in states with Democratic governors. Dictators always go after guns and religion first in order to control the masses.
But there is the thing you may not have noticed. Although states with Democratic governors have been hindering the activities of Christian churches, have you heard of one restricting mosques? I know I haven’t.
Many churches are planning on reopening on May 31st, whether state or local governments allow it or not.
The warning letter says:
“Religion and religious worship continue to be central to the lives of millions of Americans. This is true now more than ever. Religious communities have rallied to protect their communities from the spread of this disease by making services available online, in parking lots, or outdoors, by indoor services with a majority of pews empty, and in numerous other creative ways that otherwise comply with social distancing and sanitation guidelines.”
Pastor Matt Brown of Sandals Church in Riverside says his church has called thousands of its attendees and found that many are struggling.
“We have all kinds of emotional issues that are going on,” he said. “We have marital issues in our church. We’re seeing a spike in depression, suicide, drug addiction.”
And Dr. John Jackson, the president of William Jessup University, a Christian college outside of Sacramento, says people of faith need a human connection right now. “The presence of God matters, but touch matters,” he said. “I love technology but it is not a replacement for physical presence and I think we can do so with social distancing.”
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who has played a leading role in the legal challenges that California churches have faced, says churches have the right to practice their religious faith.
“Literally, this country was founded on the concept that the king cannot tell the peasants how they may worship,” Dhillon said. “Gov. Newsom may not tell people of faith that they can only worship in their homes.”