The Trump administration has made it clear numerous times that they will not tolerate discriminatory — and potentially illegal — actions against churches during the coronavirus pandemic.
California is still largely under lock down given Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s controversial stay-at-home order, which placed tight restrictions on “nonessential businesses,” a category that includes places of worship.
The South Bay United Pentecostal Church considered that to be an unconstitutional infringement on religious liberty, but two Democrat-appointed judges decided otherwise.
As reported by ABC News, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling that rejected the church’s request for a temporary restraining order against the lock down order.
Democrat Judges Jacqueline Nguyen and Barry Silverman wrote in their order that California’s lock down policy does not “infringe upon or restrict practices because of their religious motivation.”
The judges also claimed that the severity of the coronavirus disease warranted lock down orders.
“We’re dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure,” they wrote.
On the same day as the ruling, President Donald Trump delivered powerful remarks in favor of reopening churches and said people have a right to attend services.
“At my direction the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is issuing guidance for communities of faith,” the president told reporters at a press conference.
“Today I’m identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, mosques, as essential places that provide essential services,” he continued.
The president went on to point out the logical inconsistency in how “some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and houses of worship,” places that “hold our society together and keep our people united.”
“It’s not right,” he remarked, according to the White House’s transcript. “So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there’s any question they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call.
“If they don’t do it I will override the governors,” Trump warned, according to ABC. “In America we need more prayer, not less.”
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