DOJ orders California to open churches

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People of faith in California are facing discrimination during Governor Gavin Newsom’s phased approach to reopening the state.

California, the nation’s most populous state with 40 million people, has been under “lockdown” conditions since March 19th, with “blue state” severity. Churches, non-profits, bars, restaurants, schools, stadiums, theaters, and other places in which people assemble have been closed since then.

Though the most populous state, California has not been as hard hit by the virus as New York, and New Jersey. The number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths in the state are about 82,000 confirmed cases and approximately 3,330 deaths. Southern California has been hit the hardest, but the numbers are low in comparison to the population. Many Californians, including people of faith, believe it is time to open up the state.

Discriminatory practice

Newsom, a Democrat, is opening up the state slowly and carefully, but one thing he is doing doesn’t make sense, nor is it, it seems, constitutional. Even though schools and daycare centers will open in phase 2, churches, which have been deemed “nonessential” and higher risk, aren’t to open until phase 3 of his plan to open California. He explained his reasoning thus:

Our fear is simply this. Congregations of people from far and wide coming together in a closed space at a large scale remains a point of concern and anxiety for us. We are working on guidelines for physical distancing and working with faith leaders talking about unique conditions in their own facilities. Nothing is etched in stone.

But the governor’s concern did not seem to include the schools and daycare centers, the Walmarts and Home Depots. On the face of it, practicing social distancing and sanitation would be much harder in schools and daycare centers, than in churches. People have been congregating from far and wide on a daily basis in Walmarts, Targets, Home Depots, Sam’s Clubs, and Costco throughout the lockdown.

This inequity in opening the state is triggering the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ and Attorney General William Barr to order the state to be fair in how things are done. Newsom is bordering on discriminating against religion in his opening plans.

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon who argued against the governor’s overreach commented:

Literally, this country was founded on the concept that the king cannot tell the peasants how they may worship. Gov. Newsom may not tell people of faith that they can only worship in their homes.

Preventing churches from gathering is illegal

“This facially discriminates against religious exercise. California has not shown why interactions in offices and studios of the entertainment industry, and in-person operations to facilitate nonessential ecommerce, are included on the list as being allowed with social distancing where telework is not practical, while gatherings with social distancing for purposes of religious worship are forbidden, regardless of whether remote worship is practical or not.”

In a memorandum to all US Attorneys, Barr warned of unconstitutional discrimination by the government and its consequences:

As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers. The legal restrictions on state and local authority are not limited to discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers. For example, the Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy. If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.   

California churches have been protesting the lockdown, and thousands have announced they will have services on May 31, Pentecost, whether the lockdown is lifted or not, and it looks like the DOJ is going to back them up.

39 Responses

    1. I agree!
      This so called governor is really a petty dictator! He’s more interested in illegals who can sign up to vote at the DMV no questions asked!!!
      He knows that if he spend taxpayers money on them that they will vote for him! When will he get back taxpayers money from China for not delivering masks! Just a gift to his commie friends!

    2. You just do not know how they cheat. In the primary, he took out all Republican nominees!–yes, it is true! He is an A/hole. We keep fighting but he has all our money, the highest tax base and he is a dictator! We have had recalls that somehow disappear, and we cannot find out where they go. He does everything illegally and has been getting away with it for so long. He is a smug little brat. That being said, he is back by his Auntie Pelousy, and Soros so he has brute strength and the Cartels behind his dishonest behind. We need help to get vetted monitors inside the counting polls to protect our votes and not have mail in voting. Mr Hitler, er Gavin cannot do this, even tho he has been able to but Soros wants a civil war! I monitored our poll in San Diego and there were very few liberals voting so we know for a fact that there was so much cheating at the counting polls. We wish we could march in the Marines or the like. We need to get rid of Gavin the Dictator so stop blaming the people (other then the Hollywood idiots and the very wealthy from Silicone Valley) and send letters in our behalf to the DOJ and the President. Thank you.

        1. You reminded me of ‘Jezebel’. She received about 1200 names voted for her in one address. It was discovered during Green or Tea Party ??? and her name ‘Jill ???’ demanded to have 3 states recounted. She raised a lot of money. Instead of gaining ‘Jezebel’ lost even more votes.

  1. When there is something very wrong with your life the first place I want to go to is a church. If a person wants to go and talk to God or a Priest I would think we’re smart enough to make our own decision about our lives. I talk to God at home whenever I need too but I do know that doesn’t work for everyone. Stay Safe & God Bless

      1. With your remark, I take it you are not a Christian. Just wanted to know I’m stand for Jesus, the man who died on the cross for my sins, I know where I will be spending eternity; but you go ahead and stand for Newsom if you you believe his attacking Christians is the right thing for him to do. As for funerals, even nonbelievers have memorials or something.

        1. Alléluia 🙏 AMEN 🙏
          These ANTI-CHRIST are here to destroy our Nation. Now they try to spread fear so our economy will be collapsed.
          We want OPEN and keep distancing.
          Kyrie Eleison 🙏
          Christie Eleison 🙏

  2. Newsom really think she has the Federal Government to state that he will lay-off first responders first of California doesn’t get Federal bailout soon !!! I for one do not want My federal taxes
    Going to any liberal blue state that can give money to illegal aliens when shutting down veterans homes & will to release dangers criminals back in society . This is just what Republicans have been saying about how states have mismanaged their budgets !!! No to Federal money for states like California !!!

    1. Let him lay off the first responders and see where it gets him. No bailouts for any state who extends a handout to illegals. Illegals should ALL be deported ASAP then the budget in this country would go down exponentially.

  3. I feel very strongly feel that the govenor has oversteped his authority and is using this as
    a very large power play. There are petitions circulating all over our state to recall him. He is going to have serious riots in the streets if he continues to do this. He appears to not know what he is doing and constantly changes his mind. He blames everything on the Science and not the numbers. My heart goes out to the small business folks who have their whole livelihood on the line as well as those of their employees. Other state have opened up and the world has not come to an end. WE NEED TO START WORKING ON GETTING OUR ECONOMY BACK OR THERE WILL NOT BE ONE!!!!!!!!! Maybe that is his plan. This seems very political to me.

    1. Yes…I agree. And we will be praying for things to change in CA. Some Dems need to ber convinced that their party cheats…..I say…:WHAAAAT? It is most always the Dems doing it because the people are sick of their dirty tricks and schemes and having no common sense. They have no platform to run on….so they cheat!! Simple!

      1. We must not accept the Results provided by the demonscrats, only recount with proper names, addresses and US citizens.

  4. People don’t realize that the government is taking away your civil rights that our forefathers fought to give us. I want less government in my life not more. Freedom of religion is a god given right and a civil right. If these hard working people in a grocery store can work 8 hours safely I think people could go to church using safe practices. People should not forget this when election time rolls around let your voices be heard.

  5. They NEVER should have been closed but liberals hate religion mostly!!! Their god is money!! Let’s never ever let this happen again!!! We have been through pandemics before and never shut down… Never again!!!😈

  6. This is not a voting issue, this is tyranny as described in the Declaration of Independence. Newsom should be considered a traitor to America because of his violations of our rights as citizens of the United States.! George Soros is not our king. We the people need to end the Communist dynasty the leftists are building in California by any means necessary. But who will stand up to the coup? I hope that Trump will send in someone to back up the DOJ instead of doing nothing.

    1. Democrat Party or DEAD Party was DEAD long time ago after a Democrat President named Woodrow Wilson (WW) confesses in his deathbed that he tricked to sign and sold our Nation that our Forefathers found and created it for us to the enemies. JFK learned and knew about it, so he gave a very famous Speech unmasking thé enemies about the ‘Secret Society’, then he was executed in Dallas». If anyone disbelieve about this info, please watch a Documentary movie called « Hillary America » by an American Scholar of Indian-Asian decent, Mr. Dinesh D’Souza.
      That’s why many Blacks are leaving this Dead Party in drove.
      These people who joined with this Dead Party are «Dead men/women walking », they are under control by the powerful entities of a Satanic Group, a group of the the ANTI- CHRIST.
      If anyone refused to believe that these people like Obama, Whitmer, Newsom, Pelosi, Cuomo, …. Maxine Waters, the Asian-Indian-Jamaican named Kamala Harris and the MSM are not being possessed or microchipped, then no need to waste time. I just found out a few days ago, one of my colleagues claimed to be an Atheist, Liberal, a libertarian, and he voted only for Rep. When I asked how about Abortion, he replied «I don’t care what these Dead Democrats do, just don’t steal my money for their killing project ». Addition to that, there are the so called Christians who support killing the babies, such as granny Pelosi, Cuomo, and Al Sharpton + Jessie Jackson, etc.,…
      Now I learned that within the Rep. party there are Liberals against the Communists and the Secret Society.
      Hope this information will shed us light, how we should call the ennemies for who they’re. They are Leftists. Leftists are the people who have No regard for the Truth.

      LORD have Mercy on us all 🙏

  7. Thank God. He remains in control – even in CA. Christians obviously prayed without ceasing for this to happen. Hopefully Louisiana’s governor (John Bel Edwards) will learn from this and allow our churches to reopen so that we can attend with our children if we are elderly instead of at an “old age” service. I continue to play for that to happen.

  8. Bordering is an understatement. NM, CA, WA, OR, And other democrat controlled states are overbearing and are infringing on our constitutional rights. We do not need the nanny state.

  9. California, speak up now or forever hold your peace to complain!!! Vote Straight GOP November 2020. Election.. Your State leadership is Evil and Corrupt, Only wanting Total Government Control, Money & Power over We The People!! Resist and Vote them out of Office!! Vote Straight GOP November 2020!!

  10. His all,
    Have you read this radical Leftist woman named Katha Pollitt wrote.
    « I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them. He wasn’t my candidate, but taking back the White House is that important. Four more years of Trump will replace what remains of our democracy with unchecked rule by kleptocrats, fascists, religious fanatics, gun nuts, and know-nothings. The environment? Education? Public health? The rights of voters, workers, immigrants, people of color, and yes, women? Forget them. And not just for the next four years: A Trump victory will lock down the courts for decades. I cannot believe that a rational person can grasp the disaster that is Donald Trump and withhold their support from Biden because of Tara Reade. ».

    🙏What did I say? That Democrats are not humans, but a Diabolical Force from Hell.🙏✝️🙏

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