SACRAMENTO, CA- Let’s call it another one for the good guys and one for freedom and liberty. The United States Supreme Court struck down overmatched California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services, following a similar decision last week where New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also got smacked down and had a similar ban on religious services struck down, according to LifeNews.com.
The decision, which was unsigned by the justices with no dissents took the side of a California church which challenged Newsom’s order. The high court threw out an order from the federal district judge for the Central District of California, which had upheld Newsom’s power trip.
The decision vacated the ruling and remanded the case back down to the lower court for further consideration. This case follows the ruling last week in its ruling in Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn which eviscerated Cuomo’s mandate.
In the California case, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and vacated the lower court orders involving the emergency petition of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry. In the order, the Court stated:
“The application for injunctive relief, presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court, is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted. The September 2 order of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with instructions to remand to the District Court for further consideration in light of Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, 592 U.S. ____ (2020).”
The Federalist Papers, citing a Newsmax report said:
“The justices, with no noted dissents, set aside a lower court ruling that rejected a challenge to Newsom’s policy by Harvest Rock Church Inc., which has several campuses in the state, and Harvest International Ministries Inc., an association of churches. Both are based in Pasadena, a city in Los Angeles County.”
Harvest Rock Church argued that Newsom’s limits on how many people are permitted to gather for indoor church services violated the basic, guaranteed rights set forth in the First Amendment, which guarantee the right to exercise religion as seen fit. Harvest Rock Church has multiple campuses throughout the state of California.
According to a SCOTUS Blog report:
“The church argues that it is treated less favorably than businesses like grocery stores, malls, swap meets and card rooms, which can remain open with less stringent attendance limits—or, in the case of essential retail in the state’s least restrictive zones, with no attendance limits at all.”
It is anticipated that a growing number of churches in other states are considering taking similar action against governors in their states.
The restrictions Newsom imposed in California are more severe than those in any other state, including New York. Newsom’s order bans ALL in-person worship for over 99% of California residents.
For example, in Pasadena, the Code Enforcement Division of that city, along with the Criminal Prosecutor have threatened to levy criminal charges, fines, and closure for being open for worship against the governor’s orders and local health orders. The letters threaten up to one year in prison, daily criminal charges and $1,000 fines against the pastors, staff and parishioners.
On August 28, 2020, Newsom issued a new “Blueprint” which basically established four different tiers. In every tier, the “Blueprint” discriminates against religious meetings in churches and houses of worship.
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This chart shows clearly the discrimination against churches and houses of worship. For example, in the so-called “color-coded executive edict,” in the “purple” area, worship services would be prohibited for 99.1 percent of California residents, which would include most of Harvest Rock and HIM churches.
Conversely, warehouses, big box stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, family entertainment centers, and a number of other businesses receive preferential treatment with either no capacity limitations or numerical limits.
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court provides great relief for churches and places of worship. The handwriting is now on the wall. The final days of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘color-coded executive edicts’ banning worship are numbered and coming to an end. It is past time to end these unconstitutional restrictions on places of worship.”
Adding to the maddening restrictions placed on churches, along with some businesses is the fact that the dictatorial “leaders” who are implementing the restrictions appear to believe that they don’t apply to them.
Several high-profile politicians have been caught ever since the beginning of the pandemic busting either their own restrictions or other government official’s restrictions.
For example, as Newsom announced harsh restrictions in numerous areas, he was at the French Laundry in Napa for a $350 a plate birthday dinner. Fortunately, he was spotted there and the photo of him went viral.
The very next night, San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the very same restaurant, also for a birthday celebration. Other politicians including the mayors of Denver and Austin, Texas were caught traveling out of state after demanding residents of their respective cities stay home.
In the case of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, he admonished residents not to travel in a video which he recorded from his timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he traveled to on a private jet.
We previously reported on Multnomah County, Oregon officials traveling out of state to Hawaii and Mexico after that state’s governor, Kate Brown, had issued a “freeze” travel advisory.
How do these political hacks expect the American people to take their gloom and doom scenarios about the coronavirus seriously when they don’t? And when they are snagged, it is always an excuse, or they give some half-assed mea culpa.
The act is getting old. It is gratifying to see the Supreme Court finally growing a set and putting these tyrants in their place. Hopefully this is only the beginning and we can return to just a little bit of normalcy. Time will tell.
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