LISTEN: Fighting Unconstitutional Restrictions

Sep 17, 2020

Daniel Schmid, Senior Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel was a guest on Generations Radio to discuss several of Liberty Counsel’s cases fighting unconstitutional restrictions on pastors and churches in Florida, Colorado, Illinois, and California.

It is important to note the fortitude of these pastors, as they have already faced, or are currently facing criminal charges, prison, and fines.

In Florida, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne was the first pastor in American history to be arrested for preaching the gospel in violation of tyrannical COVID shutdown orders. Dr. Howard-Browne’s arrest was the impetus for Governor Ron DeSantis to amend his executive order to declare churches “essential.”

In Colorado, the State Attorney General attempted to interrupt and ban Andrew Wommack Ministries from holding a conference.

In Illinois, Chicago churches Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries faced the tyranny of Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s threats to seize and destroy church buildings. Growing up in Communist Romania, these pastors have seen this kind of persecution before.

In California, Pastor Ché Ahn and every single staff member and church attendee face criminal charges of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines every day that Harvest Rock Church remains open.

Daniel Schmid says that across America where these draconian executive orders are present, religious gatherings are prohibited regardless of whether churches use the same strict sanitation guidelines as big-box stores. Churches are not given the opportunity to operate in a like manner. Yet, from a First Amendment constitutional perspective, big-box stores do not have a fundamental right to operate—churches do.

And in many of these same states, protestors are encouraged even while churches are silenced.
Yet in the midst of the tyranny, Schmid leaves listeners with a message of optimism and a reminder of the eternal hope we have in Christ.

“Even in the dismay and the disheartening nature of what’s going on and the gross intrusion of constitutional liberties, it is a remarkable thing to take pride in the notion that the Lord told us this would happen. And though it may be hard and though we may face threats that we never thought we would face, He said to count it joy because soon coming is our great reward in heaven.”

Check out the rest of Senior Litigation Counsel Daniel Schmid’s interview with Generations Radio.

Interview begins at the 7:50 mark.

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