The recent uptick in coronavirus cases has caused some political leaders to double down on restrictions.
Several states have already made face masks mandatory in public, and more states are pushing for similar rules. But the restrictions don’t end there.
On July 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom banned singing at houses of worship; the official wording is as follows:
Places of worship must, therefore, discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
But many residents of faith believe this order is hypocritical, and are rising up to contest Newsom’s restriction.
In fact, three Northern California churches are taking their case to the courts.
The suit was filed on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel of Fort Bragg and River of Life Church in Oroville, and it states (via Fox News):
The suit, filed by attorneys who have previously led lawsuits against Newsom’s ban on in-person services, said the Democratic governor banned singing and chanting inside churches but not anywhere else.
They also noted that the governor ‘has been unwavering in his support of massive protests’ against police brutality.
After Newsom implemented his “singing ban,” he was asked if similar restrictions would be put in place for large crowds (protests, for example).
In response, the Governor cited the Constitution, saying “we have a right to free speech.” Church-goers simply wish to know why this doesn’t appear to apply to church services.
There could also be the concerning matter of jurisdiction. As attorney Robert Tyler told the Sacramento Bee:
Let me be clear, the state does not have the jurisdiction to ban houses of worship from singing praises to God.
This is hardly the first lawsuit filed against Newsom and the state of California in recent months.
However, it will be a while before these cases are settled. And in the meantime, Newsom’s orders remain in place — prompting more anger from those who feel their freedoms are disappearing.
And if we continue to see virus cases increase, our leaders will be faced with another round of tough questions. Shut down again? Nationwide mask mandate?
Whatever happens, expect more clashes between politicians and citizens as 2020 goes on.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom has placed a ban on singing in houses of worship.
- In response, 3 Northern California churches are suing the state, alleging a clear “double standard” and lack of jurisdiction.
- Newsom and California face numerous rights-based lawsuits. Other states will likely face the same dilemma if they don’t already.
Source: Fox News