One attorney says if enough California churches reconvene in-person worship services this month, then Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will be forced to acknowledge their right to do so.
The plan is the brainchild of Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, who supports a May 31st opening date. He has argued that the Church answers to a higher calling than California's state government and that the Church transcends the governments and the politics of this world. (See earlier OneNewsNow story.)
Attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute has been working with pastors in The Golden State to help them safely – and legally – reopen.
"Pastor Jack Hibbs' call for churches to open up on May 31st is gaining tremendous momentum," Dacus reports. "We expect already for there to be about 2,000 churches that have reportedly made the commitment to open their doors on May 31st."
Churches fall into the third stage of California's reopening plans, which could leave them shuttered for up to another six months.
"If the churches throughout California do decide to, in unison, open up on May 31st, the governor is going to be in a position that he will have really little choice but to acknowledge their right to do so," Dacus tells OneNewsNow, "…and will hopefully then come to the table with constructive policies and standards by which churches can safely and legally conduct their services with confidence and little state unnecessary interference."
Dacus is hearing the growing frustration of California pastors.
"Churches opening against the governor's order is illegal. That said, this governor can only silence and oppress the ability for these churches to be treated fairly and equally so long before the people attending those churches and synagogues will be forced to speak up," the attorney concludes.