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California Appeals Court Overturns Sanctions Against Church for NOT Shutting Down During COVID-19


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The California Appeals Court overturned fines levied against Calvary Chapel San Jose for refusing to shut down during the COVID-19 plandemic.

In a huge victory for Pastor Mike McClure, a judge confirmed the “public health” orders forcing churches to close are unconstitutional.

Period.

It’s an egregious 1st Amendment violation that We the People should NEVER tolerate.

 

Churchgoers at Calvary Chapel refused to allow county and state “public health” orders from stopping their indoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in 2020.

Local media attempted to vilify the church for practicing their 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion.

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From the court ruling:

Calvary Chapel now seeks review of the trial court’s contempt orders and orders to pay monetary sanctions in the three cases before us, including H048708, People v. Calvary Chapel; H048734, Calvary Chapel v. Superior Court; and H048947, McClure v. Superior Court.2 For the reasons stated below, we conclude that the temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are facially unconstitutional pursuant to the recent guidance of the United States Supreme Court regarding the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion in the context of public health orders that impact religious practice (see, e.g., Tandon v. Newsom (2021) 593 U.S. __ [141 S. Ct. 1294] (Tandon).) As the underlying orders which Calvary Chapel violated are void and unenforceable, we will annul the orders of contempt in their entirety and reverse the orders to pay monetary sanctions. (See In re Berry (1968) 68 Cal.2d 127, 140, 157 (Berry).)

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