Prediction: Churches will defy Newsom's new lock-down

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

church pewsAfter a rise in coronavirus cases, California’s governor is walking back his plan to reopen the state and many are unhappy at the backtracking.

The number of confirmed new cases in The Golden State is averaging 8,902 daily during mid-July, The Los Angeles Times reported in a June 15 story. 

The state is up to 365,589 total confirmed cases and 7,243 deaths, the Times reported, a fatality rate of approximately two percent.

 TX gov criticized for safety measures

A former Republican leader says she is unhappy with her Republican governor over new safety precautions in The Lonestar State.  

Gov. Gregg Abbott has been a frequent target of Democrats and the left-wing media, who blame him for a spike in COVID-19 cases, but since June he has supported wearing masks and halting elective surgeries. 

Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, says she was angry to witness Abbott refuse to fight the City of Houston and its Democratic mayor, who cancelled the state’s GOP convention.

“You're stopping all of the enthusiasm, and all of the direction, that is needed and necessary to reelect Donald Trump,” she complains. “So do they want Biden elected by Texans? And are they trying to shut down the Republican vote and turnout for Donald Trump. It sure looks that way."

Politico reports Gov. Abbott froze reopening plans across the state in late June, when cases began to climb, after businesses began reopening in May.  


Gov. Gavin Newsom has now ordered restaurants, bars statewide, and gyms, barbershops and churches in dozens of densely populated counties to close.

Jonathan Keller of the California Family Council says the governor’s order is putting pastors and church leaders in a bind.

“I think Christians in California want to follow the law. We want to be respectful of the governing authorities like it says in Romans 13,” he tells OneNewsNow. “But there also comes a point where we have to start asking, Do we obey God or man?”

In early May, churches across California learned they were placed in "Stage 3" of reopening, with a state-approved opening weeks away, but pastors were vowing to open May 31 regardless of state edicts.

CA Gov NewsomWhen churches were finally allowed to open, Gov. Newsom announced guidelines that banned singing, mandated masks, and limited attendance to 100 people or 25 percent capacity. 

The Guardian newspaper reported June 1 that Newsom was promising to relax the state’s strict stay-at-home orders “in days, not weeks” after protests broke out across the state. 

Then came the street protests after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

When the calendar had flipped to July, Gov. Newsom was being pressed why he urged Californians to skip a July 4th cook-out with neighbors but thousands of protesters were marching in the streets with the public approval of city and state officials.

Newsom, in fact, posted photos of the protests on social media to praise the marchers, The San Francisco Chronicle reported in a July 2 story.  

“People know what the right thing to do is. I encourage them to do the right thing,” Newsom told reporters. “And people also understand that we have a Constitution, we have a right to free speech, and we are all dealing with a moment in our nation's history that is profound and pronounced.”

Unlocking church doorsBrad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute, which fights legal battles in the far-left state, tells OneNewsNow he waiting to see the order on paper before he starts advising churches. He predicts there will be some churches disobeying the governor's order.

“Many churches will continue to meet no matter what the order says,” he says, “partially because they're in a city or county that is refusing to enforce the governor's mandate.”

Keller says the church closures come amid a sort of religious purging by the Left in that state.

“We're seeing an increase in religious intolerance – Christian intolerance – in the state of California,” he warns. “Mobs of people are tearing down even the vestiges of California's religious history.”


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