Dragging the CA Gov. to the Supreme Court

Nov 25, 2020

California is doubling down on insane restrictions just in time for Thanksgiving. Most of Californians are suffering under the worst restrictions in the country, including forced home confinement for returning travelers. As much of California is under a NO WORSHIP order, Liberty Counsel is dragging the tyrannical governor all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read on. -Mat

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After discriminating against churches for eight months, it should be no surprise that CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided to ban worship for much of the state and severely restrict Thanksgiving.

We represent Harvest Rock Church with multiple campuses, including in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Irvine and Corona. Harvest International Ministry has 162 member churches throughout the state.

Harvest Rock Church has received letters from the Pasadena Code Enforcement Division and from the Criminal Prosecutor, threatening daily criminal charges, with each up to a year in prison, and huge fines against the pastors, church, governing board, staff, and parishioners, which includes a threat to close the church.

With criminal charges looming every day, and in light of Newsom’s new edicts on travel and Thanksgiving, Liberty Counsel filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Justices to stop the tyranny.

If granted, Newsom and his local enforcers would face the reality of the First Amendment. It still exists – especially during a time of crisis! There is no pandemic pause button on the Constitution. In the meantime, our case remains pending at the Court of Appeals.

As it stands right now, our client Pastor Ché Ahn, the church staff and parishioners risk criminal charges and prison for attending church. The accumulating fines so far are staggering and would be enough to break anyone.

CA Gov. Newsom has criminalized worship . . .

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that NO government may establish a religion, nor restrict any American from practicing their own religion.

Furthermore, the landmark 1947 case, Everson v. Board of Education, states that NO government entity may keep a person away from church against his will.

Four hundred years ago on November 11, the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, MA. They came here to advance the Christian faith and establish religious freedom. Back home, the state controlled the church. It was not to be that way here.

Now governors like Newsom are trying to control the church with these unconstitutional orders. We will not allow this to happen on our watch.

Thank God the addition of constitutional scholar and committed Christian Amy Coney Barrett has given the Supreme Court a makeover. It is a new day at the High Court.

It is time these governors rediscovered the First Amendment and protect religious freedom. These restrictions and church closures must STOP!

Our emergency filing was just docketed yesterday with the Supreme Court. I will let you know the outcome of that request as soon as the Court responds. This request for emergency injunction on behalf of Californians is our second case before the Supreme Court. Last month, we petitioned the Court to hear the merits of our case on behalf of Romanian churches against IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

We continue to defend the churches and pastors in multiple lawsuits. And we continue to provide counsel to thousands of pastors and churches.

No matter what happens with the 2020 Presidential election, Liberty Counsel will be embroiled in the fight for religious freedom for the foreseeable future. Freedom is truly on the line, and the fight has never been more important.

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Finally, please pray for our country. Our hope, as always, is in the Lord. And we know He hears our prayers. May God bless you, and God bless America.

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

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