Department of Justice to San Francisco: End ‘draconian’ one-worshiper rule for churches


SAN FRANCISCO, CA- According to a news release issued by the United States Department of Justice, they are calling on the mayor of San Francisco reminding her that the city’s policy of restricting houses of worship to only a single worshiper regardless of their size is contrary to the Constitution.

Currently, San Francisco has no such restrictions on other indoor settings such as gyms, tattoo parlors, hair salons, massage studios, and daycares, the release said.

The Justice Department sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor London Breed in which they referred to the policy as “draconian” and that it suggests hostility to religious people and the free exercise of religion.

Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband and U.S. Attorney David Anderson of the Northern District of California said the policy, allowing only one congregant at a time with minimal exceptions is “contrary to the Constitution and the nation’s best tradition of religious freedom.”

The letter continues that San Francisco’s policy of treating secular businesses more favorably than houses of worship is “wholly at odds with this nation’s traditional understanding of religious liberty and may folate the First Amendment.”

It calls on Breed to “take action to treat places of worship equally with other venues where people share enclosed spaces.”

Dreiband said, “No government in this free country can attack religion by transforming a house of worship arbitrarily into a place for solitary confinement.

“People of faith go to churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places to worship with their fellow believers, and they can do so lawfully because the First Amendment to the United States Constitution makes illegal any effort by government to prohibit the free exercise of religion.”

Dreiband acknowledged that while the country is dealing with a “very serious public health crisis,” that does not allow discrimination against religious worshipers by imposing such a rule on houses of worship while permitting exceptions for other businesses.

“There is no pandemic exception to the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights.”

“Even in times of emergency, when reasonable, narrowly-tailored, and temporary restrictions may lawfully limit our liberty, the First Amendment and federal statutory law continue to prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” the letter continued.

“These principles are legally binding, and the Constitution’s unyielding protections for religious worshippers distinguish the United States of America from places dominated by tyranny and despotism.”

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According to the Citizens Journal, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Joseph Cordileone in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post echoed the DOJ’s remarks.

“I never expected that the most basic religious freedom, the right to worship—protected so robustly in our Constitution’s First Amendment—would be unjustly repressed by an American government. But that is exactly what is happening in San Francisco.”

San Francisco’s order, which acknowledges the constitutional right to religious freedom justifies the restrictions under the nee to “balance core First Amendment interests with public health,” claiming that “in-person religious gatherings carries a higher risk of widespread transmission of COVID-19.”

In the DOJ letter, Anderson and Dreiband wrote:

“Put simply, there is no scientific or legal justification for permitting a 20,000 square foot synagogue to admit only one worshiper while allowing a tattoo parlor to accommodate as many patrons as it can fit so long as they are six feet apart.”

San Francisco city officials were not impressed with the letter, therefore must believe the Bill of Rights is merely a “bill of suggestions.”

In response, City Attorney Dennis Herrera told Fox News that the city “must be doing something right” since it’s COVID-19 infection rates are lower than other big cities, while adding that the government “should focus on actual pandemic response instead of lobbing careless legal threats. San Francisco is opening up at the speed of safety.”

The city recently announced that starting Oct.1, places of worship could reopen to 25 people indoors, no matter the size of the facility.

“The mayor is sensitive to the needs of the faith community and people’s desires and needs to worship, both personally and as mayor,” said Jeff Cretan, Breed’s spokesman the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“We are working with public health to do what we can, knowing we have to be cognizant of the risks with every step we take with reopening, whether that is schools or houses of worship.”

The DOJ letter instructs the city to immediately equalize its treatment of churches and other places of worship to bring the city into compliance with the First Amendment.

In fairness, their hypocrisy isn’t limited to church:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A couple of gym owners in the Bay Area are fuming at what they perceive to be an insulting form of hypocrisy with regard to their business’ pandemic-related closure.

Namely because while their gym was shuttered due to the pandemic, gyms that are inside of government facilities have been open to city employees since July 1st.

Daniele Rabkin is one of those perturbed by the revelation that city employees have had access to gyms for nearly two months now, while she’s been told to close up shop. She’s from Crossfit Golden Gate, and spoke out about her frustrations:

“It’s shocking; it’s infuriating. Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking.”

Rabkin had learned about city employees having access to gyms when she had contacted a local police officer to offer an opportunity to privately use the gym to work out. That’s when she was informed by the officer that the San Francisco Police Department’s building has had their gym open since July 1st.

The owner of MX3 Fitness, Dave Karraker, is also irritated due to the message that this “double standard” sends to Bay Area locals who don’t happen to be employed by the city:

“It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do.”

But it’s not only the double standard that has Karraker irritated. He stated that by city employees having access to indoor-gyms within government buildings has created a “case study” that seemingly dispels that indoor-gyms are these radically unsafe vectors for the virus:

“What the city has unwillingly done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe… So at this point, we’re just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have.”

The local NBC station had reached out to city officials about the gyms open in city-owned buildings versus privately owned gyms by citizens having to remain closed.

What was relayed was that indoor-gyms weren’t allowed to operate and that Mayor London Breed’s latest reopening update states that privately-owned gyms cannot reopen until the end of September.

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This case sounds rather similar to other pandemic-related shutdowns where a city official managed to skate by the rules. 


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Remember subjects…the rules only apply to you…the ruling class is exempt from following their own rules. Lori Lightfoot, useless mayor of Chicago got her hair done during stay at home orders put in place by the governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker because she’s “on TV.” Now, Nancy (Evita Peron) Pelosi has apparently exempted herself from following the rules as well.

According to KTLA in Los Angeles, Pelosi went to a hair salon in San Francisco this past Monday for a wash and blow-out, despite the fact that local ordinances and executive orders are keeping salons closed due to the 3/1000 of 1% chance of dying of coronavirus.

However Pelosi’s spokesman said that she was allegedly complying with rules as directed by eSalon.

“This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business,” Drew Hammill said in a statement. “The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.

In security footage obtained by Fox News, which had a 3:08 p.m. Monday time stamp, Pelosi was seen walking through the salon with wet hair and not wearing a mask over her mouth and nose.

The stylist who was doing her hair, however was seen wearing a black face mask.

Fox reported that hair salons have been closed in San Francisco since March and were only recently notified that they could reopen on Sept. 1, however for outdoor services only.

The owner of the salon was incensed when she spoke to Fox News via telephone on Tuesday. She told the outlet that she has independent hair stylists who work in the salon that rent chairs.

“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” said Erica Kious, the salon’s owner.

A screenshot of the text message sent to the owner by the stylist which was obtained by Fox said, “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”

Kious replied, “Pelosi?”

Kious said that when she received the message, she said to herself, “I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious told Fox.

She said that she cannot currently “control” what the stylists do since they rent from her and are not her employees. She also noted that at the moment, “they’re not paying.”

Kious complained that Pelosi getting her hair done amounted to a double standard.

“It was a slap in the face that he went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious said.

She continued that she “Can’t believe” Pelosi didn’t have a mask on. Fox noted that the footage showed some type of covering around her neck.

“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious said. “It’s just disturbing.”

She also pushed back on the claim by Hammill that Pelosi  had complied with the rules.

According to coronavirus safety precautions, “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair,” Kious said.

“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t—it’s a feeling—a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.

“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” she told Fox. “I am a single mom; I have two small children and I have no income.”

Kious added that Pelosi coming in to get her hair done was “like a slap in the face.”

Kious said that she had initially hoped to be able to open her salon back up in July and had implemented safety measures in accordance with local guidelines.

“There were rules and regulations to go by to safely reopen, which I did, but I was still not allowed to open my business,” she said.

She explained that she had plexiglass partitions installed between sinks and seating areas and had taken steps to make sure that all the salon chairs were six feet apart. She also ensured there was proper air circulation in the facility.

“They never let us open,” she said.

As a sign of just how out of touch the people making these regulations are, she said that she will be unable to open outside because her salon specializes in hair color. Using chemicals outside is prohibited.

So here, you have a hair salon, where women typically go for other services aside from haircuts, yet they are restricted from using the products they need outside. Typical California.

Kious noted that the closures and restrictions were not just affecting her business, but a lot of other people.

“This is for everybody,” Kious told Fox. “I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry and my city, what every small business is going through right now.”

Although she received $12,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loan money, she will be forced to permanently shut down her salon within the next couple of months.

“No one can last anymore,” she said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”

She complained that the area where her salon is located has turned into a “third world country,” with “every other storefront” being “completely vacant and shut down and boarded up.” Hmm, sounds like New York.

“And because of the shutdown and the store closures, we’ve lost people, my clients, and my employees and that is due to the politics in San Francisco,” she said.

She added that in particular, the homeless population is “everywhere” and “defecating” all over the city.

Revealed: Pelosi used shut-down San Francisco hair salon for blow-out. The owner calls it a 'slap in the face'.
San Francisco Homeless

“It has gotten so extreme. It is so night and day from what it was a year ago, that everyone is fleeing.”

Revealed: Pelosi used shut-down San Francisco hair salon for blow-out. The owner calls it a 'slap in the face'.
San Francisco Homeless

Hey, but what does Pelosi care? She lives in a mansion outside the city. Besides, she’s been getting paid since March and has barely shown up. Ah, to be in the ruling class. 


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