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California's Caesar Rules Against Churches, and Normalcy

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By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 26 May 2020 05:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Potential permitted activities on Sunday in Gov. Gavin Newsome’s California are limited.

That’s why we’re contemplating either getting a tattoo or firing up a joint next Sunday.

Or — maybe even both.

What’s out of the question, at least as far as Gov. Newsom is concerned, is going to church and worshiping with our fellow believers.

The state fought a lawsuit brought by a San Diego church that contended Newsom's ban on in-person church services violated the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Specifically, the right to the free exercise of religion.

Two of the judges on the US 9th Circus District Court rejected that contention.

In a 2–1 ruling the justices found the ban didn’t infringe on First Amendment rights, because the ban was not based on religious motivation. This is a silly contention in itself.

The First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

We don’t see any mention of religious motivation, do you?

The Amendment bans the prohibition of the "free exercise" regardless of motivation.

The judges justify this obvious infringement on liberty by saying, "We’re dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure."

The same can be said of AIDs, the flu or the common cold.

The decision to chance an infection is up to the worshipers, not the judges.

Our view is God bless the church pastors who are willing to have in-person services.

Church services are at least as essential as buying a hammer at the hardware store, buying a fifth at the liquor store, getting a tattoo at the tattoo parlor or buying wacky tobaccy at the wacky tobaccy store.

As far as we’re concerned the governor of California and the governor of Illinois — who is currently fining churches holding services — are the non-essential people.

Just last week President Trump was chided by the biased busybodies pretending to be reporters at a White House news conference.

One demanded to know why the president wasn’t wearing a mask.

Trump replied, "I’m not wearing a mask because a mask is not normal. We need to get back to normal."

We could not agree more.

An important activity in normal times is attending church.

The sooner the better.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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The First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
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