Attorney General, William Barr (above, right), warned state and local governments not to infringe upon civil liberties in a recent two-page memo promising that such violations would receive harsh treatment from the Trump Administration.
The memo says, “If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.”
The top law enforcement officer in the land doesn’t appear to be playing around. Violations of civil liberties have abounded in recent days, with unconstitutional crackdowns on worship and peaceful assembly being commonplace. Churches have been ordered shut, pastors have been arrested, and church-attendees have been ticketed or fined.
Barr’s memo wrote, “For example, the Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy.”
Barr continued, “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must, therefore, be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected.”
Meanwhile, many evangelicals like Russell Moore, who ironically enough work theoretically to protect Christian liberties, have urged Christians to submit to all government restrictions of their rights and have claimed it’s their Christian duty.
President Trump has proven himself a greater friend to Christian liberty than most of those whose actual job it is to lobby for our rights.
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