Gavin Newsom has been barred from indiscriminately shutting down churches and ordered to pay $1.35 million in legal fees

May 25th

Just when I think the Democratic Republic of California is hopelessly lost to the woke virus, a ray of sunlight bursts through and gives me hope anew:

Not only did the judge in this case order Newsom to pay the legal fees incurred by Harvest Rock Church – a church that had defied Newsom's totalitarian lockdown orders and won a case at the U.S. Supreme Court last year – but he had an injunction imposed on him that prevents him or any other official from shutting down churches while allowing other "essential" establishments like liquor stores to stay open.

"Newsom is the first governor in the U.S. to be reprimanded so severely on this issue, being ordered to obey a permanent injunction on behalf of houses of worship. The settlement references several Supreme Court opinions, including Harvest Rock Church v. Newsom, that cite a long list of similar nonreligious activities the High Court set forth as comparable gatherings. While the state allowed activity at grocery stores, warehouses, big box stores, transportation, and more, Newsom had unconstitutionally shut down religious activities like church gatherings."

You continue to surprise me, California. Let's hope this trend continues.


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