(DISRN) Nearly 500 California pastors said they plan to open their churches on May 31, regardless of lockdown orders.
“The churches are not asking for permission,” said Bob Tyler, a religious freedom attorney advising the pastors. “The governor is sitting here as a dictator, trumping the Constitution and is kind of hanging on to this state of emergency for as long as he can hold it.”
The pastors have signed a petition and said they will let Gov. Gavin Newsom know of their plans, which include social distancing.
“We’ll give the governor an opportunity to amend his order,” said Tyler. “If he doesn’t, these pastors have told me that they’re committed to opening regardless of what the governor decides.”
Newsom said the churches could potentially be closed for weeks or months, although he allowed “lower risk” workplaces such as clothing stores, florists, and sporting good stores to open on Friday.
The pastors are arguing that there is a public health reason to open the churches.
“We have all kinds of emotional issues that are going on. We have marital issues in our church. We’re seeing a spike in depression, suicide, drug addiction,” said Pastor Matt Brown in a video posted on the church website.
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Editors Note. This article was written by Jordyn Pair and posted at DISRN. Title changed by PNP News
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