Churches Fight The State To Freely Assemble And Worship
April 15, 2020 at 4:05 pm #2530Patriots Of The RepublicKeymaster
It is sad that the government is doing this.
It is more sad that We The People are allowing it.
It is even worse, that Christians are perfectly okay with being told they can’t worship God.
BUT there are SOME church leaders that are bending over and taking it. They are peacefully using the system to fight back:
Three pastors with the Dhillon Law Group in California, filed Monday in the US District Court for the Central District of California. Now, of course, these courts are super liberal and anti-religion, so this very well could go up to the supreme court on appeals. Their argument is this: “fundamental rights protected by the U.S. and California Constitutions, including freedom of religion, speech, and assembly, and due process and equal protection under the law.”
The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, tried to stop a church’s drive-in Easter service, but on Saturday a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order overturning that effort. Kentucky Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration filed a lawsuit with the Kansas supreme court after the state’s Republican leaders revoked her order to limit religious gatherings to 10 people just days before Easter.
Attorney General William Barr “is monitoring (government) regulation of religious services,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec on Twitter late Saturday. “While social distancing policies are appropriate during this emergency, they must be applied evenhandedly (and) not single out religious orgs.”
Pastors are suing a Texas county judge over a stay-at-home order that they believe violates their religious freedom right to continue holding church services. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott clarified that churches can open during the coronavirus pandemic as “essential services.” A petition to the Texas Supreme Court on Monday was filed by Houston attorney Jared Woodfill on behalf of three local pastors and conservative activist Steve Hotze, the CEO of Conservative Republicans of Texas.
A Louisville church plans to sue Mayor Greg Fischer for not allowing drive-in church services on Easter, according to the First Liberty Institute. On Fire Christian Church, at 5627 New Cut Road, plans to file a temporary restraining order against Fischer “seeking to block his prohibition on churches holding drive-in churches during the COVID-19 pandemic,” The Institute, based in Plano, Texas, plans to file the suit on behalf of the church, together with attorneys with Washington, D.C.-based WilmerHale and Louisville-based Swansburg & Smith. On Friday, the mayor said Louisville Metro Police officers will attend known church gatherings Sunday to collect attendees’ license plate information. “If the government is going to allow drive-in dining rather than forcing you to cook at home, then it can’t ban drive-in church and force you to worship at home,”
The Justice Department is siding with a Mississippi church in its lawsuit against local police, claiming that authorities targeted worshipers in an uneven enforcement of coronavirus-related restrictions prohibiting public gatherings. Casting the federal intervention as an attempt to balance religious freedom with public health in the midst of a pandemic, Justice officials said the action was “neither neutral or or generally applicable.” Temple Baptist Church officials claimed that Greenville, Mississippi, police were dispatched to a April 8 drive-in service where members of the congregation had gathered “peacefully inside their cars listening to Pastor (Arthur) Scott’s sermon with their windows rolled up.” Police, according to court documents, responded by “knocking on car windows, demanding drivers’ licenses and writing citations with $500 fines.”
An Albuquerque megachurch is now suing the state claiming the governor violated the first amendment that protects the freedom of religion. Smothermon of Legacy Church filed suit requesting a temporary restraining order but also a permanent injunction affording them the same restrictions as local essential retailers, limiting capacity to 20%. Smothermon says to hold Sunday’s service they would have a worship team, a band, the pastor and technical staff.
San Diego church sues county saying stay at home order is unconstitutional. Abiding Place Ministries had requested the court grant a temporary restraining order against the San Diego County’s stay at home order. A federal judge blocked a local church’s legal request to congregate on Easter Sunday in their vehicles. The church argued the stay at home order violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment because it places more stringent restrictions on the church than those placed on secular businesses.
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