California Churches Prepared To Defy Governor, Resume In-Person Services, Says Attorney

California Churches Prepared To Defy Governor, Resume In-Person Services, Says Attorney


An attorney who drafted a “Declaration Of Essentiality For Churches” earlier this month has submitted a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) informing him that pastors across the state have signed onto his declaration and now plan to resume in-person services on Sunday, May 31.

Robert H. Tyler, president of Advocates for Faith and Freedom, published a copy of the letter to the governor, which says that over 1,200 pastors representing churches with “tens of thousands of congregants” have signed the declaration.

“The indefinite nature of the restrictions on faith-based meetings is in violation of the very principles this country was founded upon,” writes Tyler, who also represents a church in Lodi that has sued Newsom, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We agree that the government has a legitimate interest in preventing the spread of COVID- 19, but that interest cannot go unchecked.”

“The state has subjectively assessed each individual activity and decided whether the activity was

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