Huge Victory for CA Churches...

Dec 4, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled in our favor yesterday on behalf of California churches against Gov. Newsom's NO WORSHIP bans, which bar 99.1% of Californians from attending church. Read on to learn what's next in the fight to keep churches open. – Mat
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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted our emergency petition and vacated the lower court orders involving Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry. The Court stated in its order:
"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)."
On Tuesday, we filed the final Reply Brief to the Court regarding our request for an injunction pending appeal against California Gov. Gavin Newsom's unconstitutional order which bans ALL worship for 99.1% of Californians.

The emergency petition also requested the extraordinary relief that the Court alternatively consider it as a petition for writ of cert before judgment.

The Supreme Court granted our petition, vacated the lower court orders, and remanded the case for further consideration in light of its ruling last week that granted an injunction pending appeal for churches and synagogues in New York.
CA Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders ban ALL in-person worship for 99.1 percent of Californians. Thus, the restrictions against places of worship in California are even more severe than those in New York.

Our client, Harvest Rock Church, has multiple campuses in California, including in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Irvine and Corona. Harvest International Ministry (HIM) has 162 member churches throughout the state. These churches have been suffering irreparable harm every day they remain subject to the unconstitutional restrictions, coupled with daily criminal threats, fines and closure.

To further demonstrate the draconian nature of Newsom's edict, the Code Enforcement Division for the City of Pasadena and the Criminal Prosecutor have threatened daily criminal charges, fines and closure. Pastors, staff and parishioners are threatened with up to one year in prison and daily fines of $1,000 per day.
This overt discrimination has become more obvious and severe in Gov. Newsom's new "Blueprint" issued on August 28, 2020, which established a system of four Tiers. As a result of the Tier system, indoor worship services are completely prohibited for 99.1 percent of Californians, including most of Harvest Rock and HIM churches.
However, warehouses, big box centers, shopping malls, liquor stores, family entertainment and destination centers, gyms, fitness centers and museums receive preferential treatment with either no capacity limits or no numerical limits.
This 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 Gov. 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!
This is a giant leap forward in our fight to defend freedom of religion, but this is only the beginning of the battle. Now we must prepare for our full case to be presented – a massive undertaking in and of itself.
It is a great honor to be defending these brave pastors, churches and churchgoers during these troubled times. And with six state and federal lawsuits defending faithful Christians throughout the nation, I am incredibly thankful for your continuing prayers and support.
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Finally, please continue to be in prayer for our beloved country and the Judeo-Christian values that make America great.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
God bless you!

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
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