A year ago, Calvary Chapel San Jose (CCSJ) was the most persecuted church in America. Despotic officials, both state and local, employed every trick in the book, unsuccessfully, to force the church to shut its doors. The harassment continued after the Supreme Court ruled twice in the church’s favor. On Monday, the California Court of Appeals (the state’s mid-level court) hopefully ended the crusade, ruling in favor of CCSJ and its Pastor Mike McClure in three separate cases.
The government sought to punish the church for meeting together during Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) draconian lockdowns. They also targeted the church’s bank and mortgage holder, snooped around looking for something wrong with its church-run school, and tried to harass its employees and members.
Government officials imposed unreasonably steep fines on the church and its senior pastor, which eventually totaled a crushing $3.8 million. They sought and obtained preliminary injunctions against the church gatherings. Then courts issued contempt orders against the church for failing to abide by the preliminary injunction. These injunctions and contempt orders were the subjects of the appeals court’s Monday rulings.
The California Court of Appeals concluded that “the temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are facially unconstitutional,” based on the Supreme Court’s recent guidance. “As the underlying orders which Calvary Chapel violated are void and unenforceable,” the court also annulled “the orders of contempt in their entirety and reverse the orders to pay monetary sanctions.”
Full story at The Washington Stand.
While I disagree with some of Pastor Mike’s judgments, it’s apparent that he and some others in Santa Clara County who fought to keep churches open when unelected County officials unreasonably closed them are deserving of our gratitude. I don’t think we’ll again face the situation when we can have no Masses or ten people in a church that seats hundreds (or thousands, in the case of Saint Mary Cathedral). Religious liberty is good for all Christians and others. Thanks to those who stood up for it and were willing to pay the price.
In other words, no thanks to any Catholic bishop in California. Not one of them.
Exactly! They did what our bishops should have done!
All the bishops of Minnesota stood together and the officials backed down.
Seems like a logical conclusion
And yet you were the biggest enthusiast for the Democrat lockdowns and closing churches, and you castigated people who wanted to keep Catholic churches open for Mass as risking “killing grandma”.
Do you think nobody here remembers?
If Hillary had been elected president instead of Trump, the Supreme Court (with justices nominated by her) would have ruled differently, and religious freedom would have suffered tremendously.
Democrats are not fit to govern.
Yes YFC like the lackey of left he is, he adored the lockdowns in the name of “saving lives” when in fact they did not, but they did leave a past of destruction
There were no lockdowns after the first month or two. The various measures – distancing, masking, vaccinating – have saved about a million American lives and millions around the world.
No, they didn’t.
They are only fit for tearing down and destroying all that is good.
Lesson learned. Voting for a democrat, especially those who are clearly pro-abortion, can have devastating consequences. Thank the good Lord for SCOTUS as it stands today and for the protections they have and will provide. It is no less obvious when we recall how bishops allowed Mass to be closed and regulated by non-elected county health departments following the non-elected CDC, who has now announced they were wrong about most of what they insisted on for covid. People followed them like sheep.
40% of pregnant women who took the jab lost their babies in a Pfizer study. Yet the government and Pfizer are claiming the clot shot is safe for pregnant women to take. Young people in their prime are dropping dead. It’s the jab. Vaccinated and boosted means you’re screwed.
That is absolutely not true. Please tell the truth.
Be careful who call a liar.
“More than 40 percent of pregnant women who participated in Pfizer’s mRNA COVID vaccine trial suffered miscarriages, according internal Pfizer documents, recently released under court order. Despite this, Pfizer, and the Biden administration insisted that the vaccines were safe for pregnant women. Out of 50 pregnant women, 22 of them lost their babies, according to an analysis of the documents.
There is a zip file with the data if you are interested.
Thank you. This shows that the government and drug companies were lying, fact checkers such as Snopes are worthless. The company’s own internal documents prove the jab was causing pregnant women to have miscarriages. Yet the FDA allows it to be received.
Read the takedown of this “data” in the snopes article I provided below.
Who would even click on a website called amgreatness?
Y’all gonna get virused- and not COVID
There’s nothing malicious about the website, which is devoted to the truth in reporting. Stop trying to scare people away from the truth that you don’t want them to read. This is what’s wrong with libs: they try to stop people from knowing the truth but they won’t do anything to stop monkeypox, like telling gays to cut back on their gay orgies.
I am not a lib- and I have gotten a lot of computer viruses from clicking on things I should not have clicked on.
Have you noticed that when you go to certain sites, your side ads change. Your youtube and social media ads change.
Those aren’t viruses, but as easy as that happens, viruses happen.
Some of them you don’t know you got.
Do not put financial info on computers that you are going to websites on. Have a special dedicated one for that.
My comment is not about amgreatness but about websites in general. I have gotten virus from youtube but it was years ago. You can google that website. It looks legit.
Dear 40%, While I often disagree with YFC, he or she is right on this. For example, from a study from May of this year, “Based on the evidence presented here, women who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 in their first trimester may be at an increased risk of a miscarriage. However, the overall rate of miscarriage in our study population was 8%.” Other studies may differ and we’re not omniscient. But, your 40 percent claim is not true. (Please reference the Pfizer study, if you believe it’s accurate.) If you’re trying to persuade people, you lose credibility with untrue, reckless statements. Every life matters, but exaggeration is not helpful. We as humans and Catholics need not fear the truth. We need to proclaim the truth.
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