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Published: July 16, 2020  Updated: July 18, 2020 at 12:16 pm EST
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As of July 13th, 2020 ALL indoor Church services have been banned in at least 30 counties, even in-home Bible studies, and fellowship. In other counties, fellowship may be limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Also, singing, chanting, praise, and worship have been banned. However, the exact same order also allows protests.

Under Governor Newsom’s latest directive, residents of California can engage in protests and riots, but cannot house a Bible Study with a friend or neighbor.

Liberty Counsel will be filing suit against Gov. Newsom on behalf of Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, who is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). The NHCLC represents 42,000 churches nationwide. Sam is also the senior pastor of churches in Sacramento and Los Angeles. The suit will also include many other churches in California.

On July 13th, 2020 California Governor rolled back the phased reopening as the number of Coronavirus cases rose; Most counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside, will be forced to shutter gyms, houses of worship, hair salons, malls and other businesses under the new order, which is effective immediately and remains in effect indefinitely. Also, offices with nonessential workers in those counties must close.

The move further pushes Californians back into their homes during a time when they are typically enjoying summer vacations. The stricter measures to close gyms, churches, and other services affect 29 counties that are among the most populous in the state, where 80% of California residents live.

“This virus is not going away anytime soon,” Newsom said Monday. “I hope all of us recognize that if we were still connected to some notion that, somehow, when it gets warm, it’s going to go away or, somehow, it’s going to take summer months or weekends off — this virus has done neither.”


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“We’re seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that’s why it’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy,” Newsom said Monday.

To assist the people, when the public officials insist on overriding our constitutional rights, Attorney General Bill Barr had previously mentioned that states which override constitutionally protected rights would be dealt with, saying that the “Constitution isn’t suspended.”

Barr’s memo is, in effect, a warning order to his 94 U.S. attorneys. It tells them to “be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

In that memo, he directed Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, and Matthew Schneider, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, “to oversee and coordinate our efforts to monitor state and local policies and, if necessary, take action to correct them.”

In releasing the memo to the public, Barr reminded all of us that the coronavirus “has required the imposition of extraordinary restrictions on all of our daily lives.” That’s undoubtedly true, as millions of Americans “have been ordered to stay in their homes, leaving only for essential and necessary reasons, while countless businesses and other gathering places have been ordered to close their doors indefinitely.”

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Attention Attorney General Bill Barr; California stepped over the line; please assist.

Update: Some Churches in California are taking up arms over the new orders. Three California churches have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and several state health officials for a ban on singing during church services, arguing that it violates the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Redding by a team of lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice, Tyler & Bursch, The National Center for Law and Policy, and Advocates for Faith & Freedom.

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Christian
Christian
July 16, 2020 08:25

Their is a GOD, his name is Jesus, he is returning to fix and end stupid!

Sickofthis
Sickofthis
July 16, 2020 09:14

Hey fellow Christians and those of other religious persuasions… it’s time for OPEN REBELLION against this entity from hell! They can’t arrest everyone so DO AS GOD HAS COMMANDED and ignore this one sent from the bowels of the Earth!!! Rise up for that which is right, before your freedom of worship is totally gone!!!

Bucky
Bucky
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 16, 2020 11:40

Amen brother,forsake NOT the gathering together. Do what God says count it a blessing to be persecuted for the faith

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 16, 2020 14:57

I’m proud of you for knowing exactly where he’s from.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 16, 2020 14:59

Oh, it’s totally gone. Now we have nothing to lose. Attn city/state/fed govt: Not good to go against people who have nothing to lose.

brad
brad
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 16, 2020 17:28

it’s time to unite TOGATHER as one non denominational but As the body of Christ to go to war with these demons that control these electid officials that have overstepped the office they were elected to run by the will of the people not by thier will , Jesus came first time as a lamb but this time a rooring lion is what he will be we are the body so we are the ones who will establish his Will and Athority put on the Armore of the ritchesneds of his glory and go out and overcome by the blood… Read more »

Tricia McCarney
Tricia McCarney
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 17, 2020 09:13

Lord God, we gag, blind, deafen and bind hands and feet of these spirits and those knowingly following satan’s agenda in Jesus name! (Follow the money, Bill Gates and George Soros!). We take authority over division, hatred, greed, control & manipulation! We loose unity, love, giving, peace and break of all witchcraft in Jesus name! We praise, worship and adore our King Jesus who will fight for us in Jesus name! There is no other higher name than our Lord Jesus (Yeshua). We serve a mighty God! Perfect love casts out all fear! 2Chron 30-20-30

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Sickofthis
July 19, 2020 05:24

Scripture teaches us to obey those who have the rule over us unless and until their rule goes against what God has already commanded. Don’t ever let anyone intimidate you or mandate you not worshipping and singing your heart out to Creator God. Foolishness personified.

Teknikid
Teknikid
July 16, 2020 09:41

Acts 5:29 – We ought to obey God rather than men.

Dr Anna rich
Dr Anna rich
Reply to  Teknikid
July 16, 2020 14:35

This man has lost his mind. It is most likely fueled by some personal jealousy and Ofcourse he is not born again. I pray for his soul and pray against the enemy inside of him

Brenda Miller
Brenda Miller
Reply to  Teknikid
July 18, 2020 19:18

That’s right. Together we stand in the name of JESUS CHRIST!

Ed
Ed
July 16, 2020 12:49

And Trump’s son is screwing Newsom’s x-wife.
LOL

JadedFlower
JadedFlower
Reply to  Ed
July 16, 2020 17:45

Indeed, it’s a club all of us here are glad not to be a part. There is only one Saviour and it certainly isn’t Trump or any other puppet in the magic show.

3wire
3wire
Reply to  Ed
July 18, 2020 14:42

Well, at least she had the good sense to divorce Newsom.

Emanual Lucas
Emanual Lucas
Reply to  Ed
July 19, 2020 13:15

Seriously? That is the best you can come up with? I would be willing to bet you can not back that statement with any type of validation at all. Crawl back in the cave troll…….

Bill
Bill
July 16, 2020 13:09

The US constitution is the law of the land, the people of California need to remind the governor of this. He does have some leeway in emergency pandemic situation. This is far from what we have witnessed, we are not in a state of emergency, politics seem to be behind this. The test for the virus is easily manipulated and not accurate. There is no set amount of times that the test sample is replicated to be read. One could easily manipulate the test by making the times of amplification greater. There is no test as of yet that isolates… Read more »

richard
richard
July 16, 2020 14:07

The US Laws say Separation of State and Church.
This crossing the lines. The Churches need to make this decision, This is NOT separation of Church and State.

dale
dale
Reply to  richard
July 17, 2020 00:47

you are right except for the 501c3 tax exsemption law that ties the church & state, which makes it his right to close down churches

S Anne
S Anne
Reply to  dale
August 6, 2020 02:24

A 501(c)3 is NOT necessary for a church to exist. Many church bodies have refused to file for such. The church exists outside of the US Government. The US Government doesn’t have a state church. The church in the USA is not under the civil government. It never has been and it never will be. We are a nation that grew out of the persecution that accompanied the Reformation. That persecution came from state churches and governments.

Deborah Reed
Deborah Reed
Reply to  richard
July 18, 2020 09:37

Sorry, but the U.S. Law says nothing of the sort. Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “separation of church and state”. What the Constitution does say, however, is, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Deborah Reed
July 19, 2020 06:12

That’s right. Knowledge is power.

3wire
3wire
Reply to  richard
July 18, 2020 14:57

You’ve been taken in by the “Lies of the Left”. There is NO U.S. law regarding the separation of Church and State. That issue was addressed byThomas Jefferson’s reply on Jan. 1, 1802, to an address from the Danbury (Conn.) Baptist Association.  The Danbury Baptist church had expressed fears that the United States government would impose a “state religion” on the US as Britain had done for centuries. The Left has twisted that as they do everything. For reading in your – COVID19 induced – spare time, try: https://usconstitution.net/jeffwall.html. Jefferson’s Wall of Separation Letter Meanwhile, join me in praying for our political enemies, and keep… Read more »

Paul
Paul
July 16, 2020 14:54

Barr CANNOT ORDER YOU TO DO ANYTHING. Do NOT give him that power. He doesn’t have it.
Your governor cannot issue orders or restrictions to you either, since even his executive order powers apply only to those who work for the EXECUTIVE BRANCH!
Do you work for the EXECUTIVE BRANCH? NO! There you go.

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Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Paul
July 19, 2020 06:09

Barr is trying to warn and remind governors who are stepping on Constitutional Rights. Barr is not ordering you to do anything. You may be misunderstanding what Barr is trying to do. He is seeing some governors, such as Newsom here, stepping into areas that are guaranteed to you by the Constitution, such as the right to worship and express your faith freely. This is why Barr put out the letter. A governor or any other “official” cannot take away your rights that are specified in the Constitution. These are guaranteed. But even more importantly, these rights were acknowledged by… Read more »

R. T.
R. T.
July 16, 2020 16:32

There should be no dispute, no hesitation and no questions on the part of all Christians that obeying God is more important than obeying men. When God commanded us not to forsake fellowship, we need to obey God. Bible studies, church services, singing and praising of the Lord needs to continue. Christians in the US now are following the footsteps of all other Christians around of the world, facing real persecutions. This is our time to stand up and stand firm and join our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We will not be silenced in not proclaiming the Gospel… Read more »

Dan Adams
Dan Adams
July 16, 2020 17:12

California will collapse in 3 months without money from somewhere.They are broke and can,t even pay unemployment benefits.Newsome is laundering money through China so he can pay off other politicans so they can keep the house of cards from falling,but it will.

Bethlehem57
Bethlehem57
Reply to  Dan Adams
July 18, 2020 14:34

You are likely right. Newsom is CA’s worst nightmare ..it’s all about control. NC’s Cooper is trying to emulate him by ordering everyone as of this Monday, 7/20, to wear face masks while they are in public. Both are power hungry Dems that need to go!

Lupe
Lupe
July 16, 2020 17:16

now you’ve gone to far! Who would we obey you or God? Heard that before? mmmmm mmmmm Gods people will resist we are the sleeping giant! God is for us who can be against us?! Romans 8:31

Frank
Frank
July 16, 2020 17:31

I hope they are suing in Federal Court. They will be thrown out in a State Court because they are so leftist biased.

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Frank
July 19, 2020 05:57

Please!!! Vote this man OUT!!!

Imatool
Imatool
July 16, 2020 18:47

The very definition of “tool”

North Shore Girl
North Shore Girl
July 16, 2020 19:13

Can’t cancel God, try all you want and have fun while you’re doing it, before you burn in hell for all eternity

john killen
john killen
July 16, 2020 20:56

Congress [ and its political subdivisions} shall make no law reguarding the establishment of Religion nor the free exercise thereof………………….

so gov……..what the hell part of the above don’t you get?

Kyle
Kyle
July 16, 2020 22:08

The churches all around in PA cant even stand up to wolf and his mandate tranny gender ‘health’ secretary…NO one is holding services that I know of near me. All of these are all weak places of worship!! Cant even find a stong kjv church that is open! They cant stand up to a stupid libtard mandate tranny loving leftist governor..how in the world do they expect to stand up to antichrist!? Oh wait, I know, it may be because almost all of them fall for darbyism and scofield crooked teaching of pre trib theyll escape before anything “bad” happens..so… Read more »

Ray.
Ray.
Reply to  Kyle
July 19, 2020 02:47

Kyle if you’re the standard for Christian love that we are commanded to show others, then the church is in real trouble.

sarahs
sarahs
July 16, 2020 23:08

What did Jesus do when the authorities told him he could not teach truth given to him from his Heavenly Father, God the Creator? Or, teach from the Bible Old Testament?
What did the Apostles do in Jesus name after Jesus ascended back to his Heavenly Father, God the Creator, about teaching the Tora, aka the Bible Old Testament?
THEN DO THAT CHRISTIANS!

Hebrews 10:25 KJV Bible:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

COME LORD JESUS COME!

Debbie Gladen
Debbie Gladen
July 17, 2020 14:39

Fine Newsome, we will play it your way, Christians UNITE in protest against your 1st Amendment “guarantee” that your rights granted by God be protected! Come together with song, praise, worship in the streets! Warn Newsome if he doesnt repent and turn from his evil ways, the wrath of OUR Father will be his undoing.

Terri Stronski
Terri Stronski
Reply to  Debbie Gladen
July 19, 2020 20:37

Great idea! They say protesting is protected.

Noreen
Noreen
July 18, 2020 03:23

We need to obey God!

splat
splat
July 18, 2020 03:40

Unbelievable that this is happening in the USA.
A major difference between us and our founding fathers is the manner of protest.
Us: Lawyers and comment boards.
Them: Citizens with guns, tar, and feathers.

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steven robbins
steven robbins
July 18, 2020 04:18

Newsom should go to Prison. Newsom should be investigated. Newsom should be arrested and charged for his crimes; as well as, the medical establishment. A recall election should come against Crooked Boss Newsom.

William
William
July 18, 2020 07:31

So protests are allowed, great! We’re all going to gather at the church for a protest rally. We’re going to protest Satan. We’ll sing, we’ll kneel. All that is allowed at a protest rally.

aaaaa
aaaaa
July 18, 2020 10:13

Did he ban in home pot parties? Oh I guess that’s different….

Bethlehem57
Bethlehem57
Reply to  aaaaa
July 18, 2020 14:36

Also, protesters and rioters are immune from the virus and therefore don’t need to wear masks or social distance!

Lone
Lone
July 18, 2020 11:00

Protesting is allowed, protest that your churches are shut down

Stebo
Stebo
July 18, 2020 13:34

Anyone who has a dimmer switch knows you can use them as a on/off switch.

Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith
July 18, 2020 14:39

The rates of infection have gone up because more people are getting tested, more results are being shared and more reporting on this uptick has gone into hyper drive. The morbidity rate however, has fallen and no one will even comment on that!

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Stephanie Smith
July 19, 2020 05:53

Right. And if pawpaw fruits and goats are testing positive, if made up names are being given to tests sent in as checks and coming up positive, if people didn’t even get tested but told they were positive, I am a bit suspicious.

3wire
3wire
July 18, 2020 14:40

Gee whiz! On reading these restrictions I thought I was reading About Communist China. I guess as long as the Kalifornikaors can get their narcotics and welfare payments they won’t worry about things like the Constitution.

Karen
Karen
July 18, 2020 16:13

I didn’t hear anything about holding any meetings relating to church or Bible study via ZOOM, which is “indoor” in the broadest sense but doesn’t constitute actual personal meeting by all persons.

Pfross
Pfross
July 18, 2020 17:26

If churches are shut down and protest are allowed then hold a street protest Church service!! Christians take to the streets and protest our right to worship the LORD by holding a church service on the streets!!
Instead of weapons bring your Bibles and hymnals!!

Will FORD
Will FORD
July 18, 2020 20:55

Ignorance is BLISS! newsom DOLT is very happy

Facts
Facts
July 18, 2020 22:59

we are in the last days…for anyone who sees this and doesnt know what to do please If you havent given your life and heart to Christ Jesus you will have REAL Big problems way bigger than any problems you have Ever had If you are left here on earth after the Rapture . After the Rapture The USA , Worldwide , will face More evils than it Has EVER seen Before and you surely dont want to be Here then . We Have Time NOW to change , please seek Christ Jesus while there is still time to save… Read more »

I_Ignore_NEWSOM
I_Ignore_NEWSOM
July 19, 2020 00:54

Newsom cannot take away the gospel, fai†h or God.

Anni Evans
Anni Evans
July 19, 2020 02:53

Maybe they can arrest everyone. That’s why they let the criminals loose. Didn’t Newsom just release more? Or was that DeBlasio? They planned to put Christians in their place.

Kathleen
Kathleen
July 19, 2020 04:43

So, shoulder to shoulder street filled protests are ok. But singing and worshipping the Only Lord of Glory Christ is not. Ohhh, don’t even go there, Newsom!

Kathleen
Kathleen
July 19, 2020 05:20

Hmmm… I think I feel a song coming on right now! The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church! Mathew 16:18

Kathleen
Kathleen
July 19, 2020 05:40

Statistics still tell us that covid deaths are below 1/2% and that the flu takes more lives each year. So…..this doesn’t even make sense, particularly because the governor allowed apparently shoulder to shoulder street filled protests without fearing an increase in covid. But now it is a ban on singing and worshipping? Really!? Man, you guys in CA better vote this guy out.

Reverend Dr. Andrew J Creese
Reverend Dr. Andrew J Creese
July 19, 2020 15:29

We must unite and speak loud in the Spirit of God! We must remember to always think and react in Godly ways and not merely out of anger and follish ways, like so many others are doing. Rise up against these oppressive acts of foolishness and lift our voices in prayers for a peaceful solution to this latest of many ridiculous orders that are sweeping the nation.

Donna Bishop
Donna Bishop
July 19, 2020 18:56

Come against Gov. Newsome with prayer and all Constitutional rights, and resistance. He has no right.

Terri Stronski
Terri Stronski
July 19, 2020 20:22

These Governors are totally out of hand. I wish the people would just band together & go to Church anyway. They cant jail an entire State. But they all allow protesters & riots? There is something so wrong here.

Sandie
Sandie
July 19, 2020 23:59

He’s a liar. Anyone who believes this crap, can’t think for themselves…

Sandie
Sandie
July 20, 2020 00:07

OMG!!!! All I hear is Blah blah Blah…what a Demon POS

Dorothy
Dorothy
July 20, 2020 03:39

This “bozo” of a governor has take the title DICTATOR with glee and relish! This should be grounds for his removal!

Pat
Pat
July 23, 2020 16:20

Call it a protest and gather in large groups read the Bible, sing loudly pray eat and have a huge church party protest.

Sean Christopher
Sean Christopher
July 23, 2020 16:29

Its time for a class action lawsuit from every church in California to sue Newsom last time I checked we have over 5,000 church’s in California! Screw Newsom Huntington Beach California is leading the charge with 23 other beaches to RECALL AVIN NEWSOM!

Charlotte
Charlotte
July 25, 2020 09:23

Time for a protest. Singing and praying protesting the tyrannical orders. Protests are legal right

S Anne
S Anne
August 6, 2020 02:19

Because we are a nation that grew out of the persecution that accompanied the Reformation, the church in the United States is NOT under the civil government. It never has been and never will be. Neither the founding fathers nor the population at large desired for there to be a state church. It’s totally out from under the civil government here by design. It is not necessary for a body to have a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS to exist as a church body. That was only so gifts could be counted as tax exempt. Take that away! The church… Read more »