California district judge refuses to lift COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship
Despite US Supreme Court decisions to strike down COVID-19 worship service restrictions in two recent cases, a federal judge again refused to lift worship restrictions in a case brought by Californiaâ€™s South Bay United Pentecostal Church, the Christian Post reports.
US District Court Judge Cynthia Bashant denied the churchâ€™s petition for a second time Monday, even after an appeals court ordered her to rehear the case in light of the two new SCOTUS rulings.
Based in Chula Vista, the South Bay church has engaged in protracted legal action against California Gov. Gavin Newsomâ€™s limitations on in-person worship. According to state regulations, houses of worship may hold indoor services of up to 25% of their buildingâ€™s capacity, to a maximum of 100 people: the South Bay church views these restrictions as a violation of their First Amendment right to freedom of worship, the Christian Post reports....
While many suffer from the lockdowns, job losses with little to no way to provide for their families, that isn't the case for some of the elite - https://nypost.com/2020/12/27/covid-19-pandemic-making-healthcare-leaders-billionaires/?fbclid=IwAR3gLzGsy-t1z_brGNfdU6qCCQdY5UBF01jw20Vrw-KHEGKYwsMUotPdJho
Perhaps the churches will eventually recognize they need no permission from courts to exercise their freedom of religion, which supercedes courts which are subject to it. Perhaps they might even bring themselves to recognize that governors do not have authority to make laws, nor to take from legislators that authority for endless â€śemergencyâ€ť excuses.
There is no emergency. If there is one, someone please explain why it is so.
Quint Forgey wrote: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided it would not grant the Harvest Rock Churchâ€™s request for relief in time for holiday services....
â€śEven if we need more time to consider the pending motion in full,â€ť Oâ€™Scannlain wrote, â€śwe should have granted the church at least the temporary relief it needs to ensure that its members can exercise freely the fundamental right to practice their Christian religion on one of the most sacred Christian days of the year.â€ť
excerpt from,"Federal court declines churchâ€™s bid to lift California Covid restrictions by Christmas"
California judges aren't budging on churches very much. Considering the seriousness of the pandemic in California it's not overly surprising.