Skip to comments.Thousands Of Churches Are About To Defy Lockdown Orders. Itís About Time
Posted on 05/22/2020 2:17:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
Churchgoers across the country are reasserting their fundamental rights of consciencerights that too many political leaders have forgotten or denied.
On Friday, President Trump said churches and houses of worship are “essential” and called on governors nationwide to allow them to open this weekend. If they don’t, Trump said he would “override” governors, citing forthcoming guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In remarks Thursday, the president criticized some governors who have “deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but not churches. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”
Trump is right, but churches are already taking action on their own. This week in Minnesota, thousands of Catholics and Lutherans will gather in their churches in defiance of the governor, whose plan for reopening the state relegates churches and houses of worship to the status of tattoo parlors and hair salons.
Its about time. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is plainly violating the Constitution with his order, which limits attendance at religious services to 10 people, inside or outside. Meanwhile, places like Walmart and Home Depot and a host of other types of businesses deemed essential by the governors office are allowed to operate at half-capacity.
On its face, thats discrimination against religious exercise, and its illegal. Someone should tell Walz that you cant just issue edicts that treat churches differently than other entities and expect to get away with it.
Minnesota Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Rev. Lucas Woodford, president of the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, as well as dozens of smaller evangelical churches across the state, are unquestionably correct in their view that the governor has no authority in law to prevent them from gathering. (These churches, its worth noting, plan to comply with all social distancing and other safety guidelines, including limiting their churches to one-third capacitygoing above and beyond what required for malls and other retail stores.)
Hebda and Woodford arent taking this lightly. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm representing the churches, has noted that the churches have had extensive correspondence with the governors office in hopes of negotiating a compromise. The decision to open in defiance of the order was made only after those attempts failed.
Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, told the Washington Post that the churches are not waiting to file a legal appeal because Walzs order treats churches unequally and is therefore illegal. If its illegal, you dont have a duty to follow it, he said.
Rassbach is rightand the point about unequal treatment is no less true elsewhere in the country than it is in Minnesota. Last week, thousands of pastors in California signed a lettera declaration of essentialityaddressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring their intention to reopen their churches on May 31, with or without the governors consent.
Under Newsoms reopening plan, churches are placed in the same category as hair salons, gyms, and other places deemed to be high-risk. The governors office has offered no plausible explanation for why churches are included in this group, likely because there is none.
The California churches have been buoyed by a letter last week issued by the U.S. Department of Justice to Newsom warning that the governors planned reopening 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.
The letter goes on to say that although the Justice Department does not seek to dictate how States such as California determine what degree of activity and personal interaction should be allowed to protect the safety of their citizens, it is nevertheless charged with upholding the Constitution and federal statutory protections for civil rights, and that, Whichever level of restrictions you adopt, these civil rights protections mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature.
Setting aside the fact that broad lockdown orders are no longer constitutionally justified, theres no excuse for governors and mayors to target religious worshippers as they have from Mississippi to New York City over the course of the pandemic.
That so many governors and mayors have done so betrays a dangerous ignorance, or perhaps indifference, about the place of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in our constitutional system. That indifference is best captured in the infamous line last month from New Jerseys Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy after he allowed arrests at religious services, that the Bill of Rights is above his pay grade and that he wasnt thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.
He certainly wasnt, but he should have been. The Bill of Rights is the bedrock of our system of government. Protecting it and upholding the Constitution is included in the pay grade of every single elected official in the country, from the White House to City Hall.
The right not to be discriminated against because of your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, is indispensable to our civic life, pandemic or not. At the end of Thomas Jeffersons life, in typical Jeffersonian fashion he designed his own tombstone and wrote his own epitaph: Author of the Declaration of American Independence / of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom / and Father of the University of Virginia.
Its easy to see why Jefferson included the Declaration, which gave birth to a new nation, and the University of Virginia, which wasand isa monument to his genius. But why include a state statute for religious freedom?
Because Jefferson understood what Walz, Newsom, Murphy and others have forgotten or rejected: that our rulers can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to God.
It’s about time!!!
Onward! Christian Soldiers!!
It would not surprise me if democrat governors planted covid carriers in churches. Isn’t that their SOP with nursing homes?
And with so many grey hairs in the churches, that’s a dangerous idea. Unfortunately, also plausible.
As posted on another thread: Any so-called “Christian” that even thinks about voting for a devil-worshipping, commie RAT is totally insane.
“REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!” Every single Christian needs to get out and vote for the POTUS. ALL of em....flood the polling places with thousands of Christians to vote for the POTUS.
Those of us that want to “fight fire with fire”, should plan to load up busloads of patriots to flood the Virginia polling places by the thousands to vote. No ID required, no questions asked....just vote! “Hi, I’m Mickey Mouse from Charlottesville and I’m here to VOTE!!”
Democrats have no qualms about killing people to get their power.
But, but, but Trump is a womanizer and he’s loud and says mean things....
But, but, but Trump is a womanizer and he’s loud and says mean things....
It’s about time everyone did.
My criticism of these governors pales in comparison to my criticism of all the religious leaders who shut their churches down so quickly when this fiasco started.
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They need some of the flock armed to the teeth.
“...But, but, but Trump is a womanizer and hes loud and says mean things....”
LOL...Yeah....it’s almost comical.
Joe Biden is the real womanizer with pictures to prove it, and he’s loud and says mean things.
One doesn’t vote for Trump because he was/is a “holy saint”. One votes for Trump to “drain the swamp” and to represent the People. It’s President Trump that’s telling the communists to open the churches, synagogues, etc., or else. Christians and Jews need to “Remember in November” who stood up for them and to go vote for the POTUS in droves.
Why are hospitals and clinics shut dow and. Urges now unemployed. I thought this was a medical emergency. I guess not for those needing mammograms, colonoscopies, tumor biopsies, cancer treatment...
So the gal running a hair salon, Or a barber, cafe owner... now shut down, going bankrupt, cannot feed their families are considered, non essential. Therefore, according to politicians, the LIVES of these American families are meaningless,
They think screw them. I say to the politicians, Why not line em up in front of an open pit...
Smug, arrogant bastards.
Exactly - they caved without question! and NOW will not open except with restrictions. I will cry if I see a partition for Holy Communion. God doesn’t want us to FEAR anyone but HIM!
I’m not scared!
Would not put it past proggies to do that with “OK Bye Boomers, and God bless you!”
It is time to unlease the power of God! Let the people congregate!
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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