Skip to comments.Resistance from California Churches Threatens Shutdown Enforceability
Posted on 05/14/2020 6:04:34 PM PDT by marshmallow
Elected leaders in California say the state will remain shut down for the next few months, but a growing number of religious leaders are disregarding that guidance, revealing the tenuous state of the governments ability to enforce orders on unwilling people.
California Church United, an organization which represents about 3,000 churches, announced on Tuesday its plans to open churches on May 31, no matter what Newsom says. Pastors joining the movement offered their positions on how they feel the governor has sidelined churches.
We're an essential part of this whole journey, and we've been bypassed, kicked to the curb, and deemed nonessential," said Danny Carroll of Water of Life Community Church.
On the governments side, officials are emphasizing safety as the No. 1 priority. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during a press conference last week that California is not going back to normal until a vaccine for the virus has been discovered. Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday drove that point home when she said that the city will likely remain locked down until at least July.
Like many governors, Newsom is rolling out a phased plan for reopening the state. The state moved into phase two last Friday, meaning that bookstores and clothing stores could reopen at reduced capacity. Churches, along with gyms and movie theaters, will only be allowed to resume services during phase three, which Newsom has teased, but not definitively stated when he's ready to begin.
"Phase three is not a year away. It's not six months away. It's not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away," Newsom said during a Friday press conference. "We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety, and allow......
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I am surprised that there are that many non-government controlled churches in kali-fornia.
Like in the Roman days when Christians had to hide from the authorities.
Oh great! I'll head on down to my local bookstore. Wait...the last one closed 15 years ago.
Wonderful, I'll head on down to my local clothing store. Wait again...it's Macys and Nordstroms, but they are in shopping malls and cannot open in Phase 2.
Phase 2 is wonderful. All this new-found freedom!
Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday drove that point home when she said that the city will likely remain locked down until at least July.
And the Catholic bishops have been as meek as lambs. Kudos to my Protestant brothers and sisters
Wonderful! Wish there were some Catholic churches among them, but the bishops all seem to be sycophants of the State.
No word on closure of synagogues or mosques?
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