California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was ordered by a federal judge to pay 1.35 million dollars for his religious discrimination against churches during the California pandemic lockdown.
In addition to paying the attorney fees for the Harvest Rock Church, which filed suit against him. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal also ruled that state restrictions on houses of worship would be permitted only if child infections rose 100%, statewide cases are at least 26 per 100,000 people, or available ICU hospital bed capacity falls below 20%, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Any new public health precautions on religious worship services and gatherings at places of worship not in the guidance [are included],” Bernal ruled.
Harvest Rock Church’s attorney, Matt Staver said: “He is the worst governor in America” (for religious freedom.) The church stayed open [during the lockdown], and the pastor and parishioners were threatened with daily criminal charges that were up to a year in prison.”
“The church stayed open [during the lockdown], and the pastor and parishioners were threatened with daily criminal charges that were up to a year in prison,” Staver said.
“Gov. Newsom’s COVID restrictions intentionally discriminated against churches while providing preferential treatment to many secular businesses and gatherings,” Staver added. “What’s important is this ruling is permanent. He cannot ever do this again.”
Newsom’s lockdown orders — which were largely similar to other draconian measures put in place by Democratic governors and mayors across the country — literally threatened to jail Christians for just trying to go to church.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The lockdown started on March 19, 2020, allowing only essential businesses to remain open. Churches were not included on this list. On May 26, 2020, Newsom allowed churches to open at 25% capacity but with less than 100 people. This was pulled back during the summer with an additional lockdown that lasted until April 8, 2021, for most Californians. The state had enacted a color-coded tier system that allowed limited societal openings that were almost impossible to meet.
Along the way, Newsom also imposed restrictions on singing, outdoor churches, and Bible studies.
Newsom’s office defended him in a recent statement to Newsweek, which said:
“Gov. Newsom has always put the health and well-being of Californians first, resulting in the lowest positivity rates in the country and over 35 million shots in arms — more than any other state. This settlement resolves this case while providing clarity and certainty to the public around the public health standards applicable to places of worship following recent rulings by the US Supreme Court.”
The 1st Amendment specifically states that the U.S. government can’t prohibit the free exercise of religion, but Newsom did exactly that.
The Democratic governor abused his powers to implement lockdowns and also singled out churches and shut them down.
Things were so bad for nearly a year that Newsom would allow people to go to Wal-Mart but not their church.
ARTICLE SOURCE : TRENDINGPOLITICS.COM