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California Court Rules John MacArthurís Church Must Comply With County Ban On Religious Services
The Federalist ^ | 8/17/20 | Jordan Davidson

Posted on 08/18/2020 6:10:52 PM PDT by marshmallow

California’s Grace Community Church and its head pastor, John MacArthur, won the right to continue meeting in person for worship on Friday after state ordinances deemed religious services as unessential, but it was quickly overruled by an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals the next day, making it again illegal for the church to meet indoors.

“At this very preliminary stage in this litigation, the County has demonstrated a likelihood that it will prevail on the merits of enforcing its July 18, 2020, Health Order,” the three judges wrote in the opinion on Saturday.

The county of Los Angeles attempted to file a “temporary restraining order,”’ but Judge James Chalfant sided with Grace and “denied almost all of the county’s requests” claiming that the church “should be permitted to infringe on the constitutionally protected rights of churches to freely exercise religion” as long “congregants wear masks and social distance between family groups indoors.” A full hearing will be held on September 4, 2020.

Grace Community Church has been embroiled in litigation since they first defied California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders to cease indoor gatherings in certain counties in early July.

“We do not need the state’s permission to serve and worship our Lord as He has commanded,” the church said. “Freedom of worship is a command of God, not a privilege granted by the state.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thefederalist.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; california; churchgatherings; firstamendment; gavinnewsom; govnewsom; gracecommunity; jameschalfant; johnmacarthur; jordandavidson; losangeles
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1 posted on 08/18/2020 6:10:52 PM PDT by marshmallow
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Under democrat rule there will be pandemics as far as the eye can see....


2 posted on 08/18/2020 6:23:52 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (In this circus called the Democrat Party, Biden is the monkey and Harris is the organ grinder...)
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California’s Grace Community Church and its head pastor, John MacArthur, won the right to continue meeting in person for worship on Friday after state ordinances deemed religious services as unessential, but it was quickly overruled by an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals the next day, making it again illegal for the church to meet indoors.

3 posted on 08/18/2020 6:24:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: marshmallow

I’m not a church goer but I hope the churches nation-wide will consider uniting in civil disobedience.


4 posted on 08/18/2020 6:29:23 PM PDT by Mr. N. Wolfe
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To: marshmallow

Didn’t John Roberts already rule that the Bill of Rights don’t apply in California if Comrade Governor declares an “emergency”.


5 posted on 08/18/2020 6:34:32 PM PDT by libertylover (Socialism will always look good to those who think they can get something for nothing.)
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To: marshmallow

Do the Freeper Karens support this non-sense too? Does the First Amendment apply or is it just toilet paper?


6 posted on 08/18/2020 6:55:11 PM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: marshmallow

Totally unconstitutional. When will those that took the oath to “Protect and Defend” the constitution of the United States speak out!?

I was one and will stand up.

Seperation of church and state is sacred. The government guides; the church guides. They are not to intersect.

Where is a pandemic clause in the founding documents?

I didn’t think so.

Stop the over-reach. The omnipotent government will not yield. But it seems the peasants will. I am at a loss.


7 posted on 08/18/2020 6:58:25 PM PDT by Deepeasttx
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Not all the peasants have yielded. Not nearly. Chin up.


8 posted on 08/18/2020 7:07:32 PM PDT by Persevero (I am afraid propriety has been set at naught. - Jane Austen)
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To: marshmallow

They will be meeting inside on Sunday. Count on it. My church will be meeting inside as well. Newsome is not God. He only thinks he is.


9 posted on 08/18/2020 7:24:21 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Freep mail me if you want to be on my Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Ping List)
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I went to Grace Community a few weeks ago. I’m still alive. Screw the Government.


10 posted on 08/18/2020 7:45:59 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: marshmallow

The Democrat party is pure EVIL! The Democrats are afraid the if Church goers get together they will be overwhelmingly for Trump. Vote DEM Out!


11 posted on 08/18/2020 7:46:09 PM PDT by hapnHal
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To: marshmallow

Go to church.


12 posted on 08/18/2020 7:48:55 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: marshmallow

Their order claims teh potential for spread of COVID indoors, in spite of social distancing and masks, is so great that the constitutionally protected exercise of religion is null and void. Unlike, say, a gay bar, restaurants, office buildings, Ace Hardware, etc.

Guess California’s position - which Chief Justice Roberts undoubtedly agrees with - is that Christian worship is verboten until COVID has a vaccine. An idea that would be utterly foreign to anyone in early America.


13 posted on 08/18/2020 7:53:53 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: marshmallow

l8r


14 posted on 08/18/2020 7:59:30 PM PDT by preacher ( Journalism no longer reports news, they use news to shape our society.)
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The church should start selling groceries in the lobby.


15 posted on 08/18/2020 8:14:51 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Face masks are simply mouth diapers for liberals.)
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I hope u are right. I will keep my hopes high.


16 posted on 08/18/2020 8:16:16 PM PDT by Deepeasttx
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To: marshmallow

My lawyer brother told mme there is precedence in that if one can prove a law is not applied equally at all times...the law is not enforceable. Example. If people jaywalk all the time and police see it and dont ticket it...they cannot ticket you either. I don’t know what the corrupt cali lawbreakers in sacramento will do.


17 posted on 08/18/2020 8:16:29 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: HighSierra5

Our pastor finally decided that the way to keep the congregation safe was to bring them in out of the 100 degree heat. We will no longer submit to a Christian hating demagogue. We will serve the Lord.


18 posted on 08/18/2020 8:22:49 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Freep mail me if you want to be on my Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Ping List)
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To: OrangeHoof

Then the lawbreakers of l.a. or cali would get them for not having a retailers license or a health permit. L.A. and cali. Is going to be judged bigtime.


19 posted on 08/18/2020 8:23:24 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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Then the lawbreakers of l.a. or cali would get them for not having a retailers license or a health permit. L.A. and cali. Is going to be judged bigtime.


20 posted on 08/18/2020 8:23:31 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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