California won't get away with this one

Monday, July 20, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

hymn book, open hymnalAn attorney involved in the lawsuit that has been filed against California's ban on singing in church says The Golden State's "extreme" ways have a way of becoming the norm, and that is why his firm is standing so firmly against this measure.

Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) tells OneNewsNow the directive says places of worship "must" discontinue singing and chanting activities. "On top of that, the California Health Department said that that would be enforced," making it more than a recommendation or a suggestion.

The federal lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and California Public Health Officer Sonia Angell, M.D. are among the defendants.

ACLJ is representing three churches: Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, and River of Life Church, in Oroville, California. 

"California could come back and say, 'Listen, we used the wrong word,'" Sekulow poses. "That would be wonderful. But we're dealing with California, so we've gone to federal court to claim First Amendment and 14th Amendment violations."

Sekulow, Jordan (ACLJ)As the attorney points out, singing and chanting are still permissible for all other indoor activities, including protests.

"If California is able to get away with this during this pandemic, if they can actually ban a type of worship … in federal court, that means that any state can do that," warns Sekulow. "Usually, what California does seems extreme for 15 to 20 years, and if you look back, suddenly the laws in California that looked extreme are the laws in your state and become the norm if they are not stopped from the beginning."

That is why ACLJ is fighting this.

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