CA church fighting for legal right to stay out of jail

Monday, October 5, 2020
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gavel with U.S. flagA California church continues its legal fight against what it calls unconstitutional orders.

The case involving Harvest Rock Church and Harvest Rock International Ministry is currently at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a district judge ruled against an emergency injunction.  

Liberty Counsel, which is representing the ministry, appealed to the Ninth Circuit after Judge Jesus Bernal ruled against the injunction that sought to allow the church to remain open while Harvest Rock fights Gov. Gavin Newsom and his lockdown orders.

Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Stav says there is “zero worship” going on at Harvest Church, located in Pasadena, as well as 162 other satellite church congregations located across the state.

"I'm talking about no one can gather together for worship,” Staver explains. “And that even includes Bible studies and home fellowship in their life groups, (so) you can't even have somebody in your home that doesn't live there."


Violators face a criminal charge punishable by up to a year in prison.

Staver tells OneNewsNow the pastor has received a warning letter from a prosecutor threatening criminal charges that would apply to the pastor, church staff, and anyone who attends a service.

Californians are witnessing the state and local governments threaten church worship at the same time their liberal governor has praised – and defended – the tens of thousands who have marched in the streets in recent months to demand racial justice and police reform.

"The virus doesn't discriminate between religious and non-religious gatherings," Staver says, “but Gov. Newsom clearly does and that's a problem with the First Amendment.”


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