Democrat Efforts to Defy God and the Constitution

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Two Democrat governors have backed down from their attempts to keep churches closed.

Just days after Minnesota bishops vowed to defy the 10-person-only rule (regardless of the size of the church), Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz issued a new order allowing 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower.

In California, a Pentecostal church asked the Supreme Court to throw out Governor Gavin Newsom’s restrictive order, the DOJ warned Gov. Newsom against discriminating against churches, and 1,200 pastors told him they would open regardless. Newsom backed down and issued new guidelines that allow houses of worship in California to reopen at 25% capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

Sadly, Illinois’ Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are doubling down on their unconstitutional line.

Three Chicago churches have been fined $500 each for violating Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s current stay-at-home order by hosting more than 10 people. They have been warned to stop holding gatherings or face being “declared a public health nuisance” and potentially closed.

The battle over whether to reopen churches escalated Friday when President Donald Trump deemed all places of worship “essential” and called on state leaders to allow services.

Pritzker later noted that Illinois would “continue to operate on the basis of science and data,” while Lightfoot slammed Trump’s remarks and said they fell in line with other “dangerous and foolish” statements he’s made.

Meanwhile, the CDC (presumably the arbiter of the “science and date”) has issued detailed guidelines for how places of worship can safely reopen. They do not include any arbitrary limitations on body count, but do note that:

Many types of gatherings are important for civic and economic well-being, religious worship has particularly profound significance to communities and individuals, including as a right protected by the First Amendment. State and local authorities are reminded to take this vital right into account when establishing their own re-opening plans.”

In Virginia, a Catholic family of 12 has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam over his COVID-19 executive order forbidding public gatherings of more than 10 people.

The family holds that the order wrongly prevents them from frequenting secular establishments and “going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and praying on their private property with their priest and other believers.

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