California is going back into lockdown, and its governor, the hapless Gavin Newsom, is making sure that churches and other religious institutions bear the brunt of the restrictive measures.
Nevermind that Newsom himself was recently caught cavorting at an expensive Napa valley restaurant indoors, with greater than 10 people in attendance – a clear violation of his own policies.
California churches have had enough of the double standards. And they’re looking to take their case to the Supreme Court.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Two California churches on Friday appealed to the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions, days after the state revamped its shutdown orders.
The appeal, which came in the same week a group of Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues submitted a similar petition to the Supreme Court, accuses Newsom of imposing his gathering restrictions unfairly and violating the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The Supreme Court this summer rejected two other such petitions from churches in Nevada and California, respectively.
Newsom announced on Monday that he is pulling the “emergency brake” on the state and moving 41 of its 58 counties back into the most strict shutdown stage. The churches, Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, both of which have campuses in affected counties, alleged that the new restrictions open a new front in their nine-month battle with Newsom.
Both churches “said they received notice from California officials warning that violation of the restrictions, which Newsom has readjusted several times since March, could result in up to a year in prison and fines for pastors and church staff.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Up to a year in jail for worshiping God in the state of California.
Meanwhile, Newsom and his cronies in the legislature and the state public health agencies are breaking their own rules.
Thread/ I joined @FoxNews @IngrahamAngle to discuss recall efforts against @GavinNewsom. Californians are being told to stay indoors and follow a curfew yet he is not even following his own rules. Please watch and share! pic.twitter.com/PpMBFd9ZAr
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 21, 2020
If the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down this tyranny, we’re through as a nation. Our liberties hang by a thread.