The First Amendment to the United States Constitution – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Seems straight forward to me, just not to those who are opposed to religion.
I know, some of you are saying that churches must be closed during the “pandemic”.
Besides the Constitution, in which the anti-Federalists added the additional 10 Bill Of Rights, anticipating future government overreach, the fact that CV-19 death numbers are low and other businesses like Planned Parenthood are open, negates any legal logic for treating churches differently.
The Christian Post is reporting
A judge on Tuesday denied a California county’s request to order a local sheriff’s office to prevent a church from holding worship services in defiance of a temporary restraining order.
Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neill Jr. rejected Ventura County’s request to direct Sheriff Bill Ayub to close Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park after it held three indoor services despite a restraining order issued by the court last week.
O’Neill reportedly argued that the county sheriff’s office needs to be seen in a “neutral” role and that the county’s residents depend on the sheriff’s office to “keep the peace,” according to Ventura County Star.
Last Friday, the Ventura County Superior court granted a temporary restraining order requiring that Pastor Rob McCoy and Godspeak Calvary Chapel adhere to public health orders issued by the state and county requiring that church services be held outdoors.
The judge, however, granted the county’s request for a contempt-of-court hearing.
Ventura County officials filed a legal complaint against McCoy and the church for holding in-person services of up to 200 people following the church’s decision to return to normal services after adhering to social distancing regulations.
McCoy announced his intentions to continue holding services despite the restraining order, set to expire on Aug. 31.
“I wish it didn’t have to come to this, I really do, but we will be violating the judge’s order,” he said in a video message to his congregation. “We will be open this Sunday.”
McCoy told the Ventura County Star that it is impractical for the church to hold services outdoors and that banning indoor worship services violates religious freedom rights.
The pastor called O’Neill’s ruling “measured and balanced.”
In Ventura County, there have been 8,740 cases of coronavirus and 93 reported deaths.
The church’s defense attorney, Robert Tyler, argued during the hearing that no cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Godspeak Calvary chapel.
“The lack of evidence the county is relying upon is astonishing,” Tyler was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, County Counsel Leroy Smith told the newspaper that he is pleased with the approval of a contempt-of-court hearing that has been scheduled for Aug. 21.
A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31 to decide whether or not the order should be replaced with an injunction that could last months.
Praying for the churches that are honoring God in faith, instead of cowering in fear like the state that wants them to, joining the masses under tyranny.