True to his word

May 6, 2020 |

True to his word to police any violations of constitutional rights in the name of coronavirus policy, Attorney General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice are siding with Kevin Wilson, pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

On April 5, police entered the church and informed the pastor that they were violating Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. Pastor Wilson is being threatened with jail time or a fine of up to $2500. But the DOJ issued a legal filing defending the church, arguing that the church is likely to win its case, that its rights have been violated and that Virginia discriminated against churches in its lockdown order. It points out that the church was following social distancing guidelines (it holds 293 people, and there were only 16 present) and that Virginia cannot ban church services while allowing exceptions for secular organizations, such as non-retail businesses.

There are full details of the case at that link, along with the important point by the DOJ that this case has national significance because “the United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of its citizens’ fundamental right to the free exercise of religion, expressly protected by the First Amendment.” It explained that states may have the power to ban gatherings during a health emergency, but they don’t have the power to impose a higher standard on churches than they do on other organizations.

The legal filing also includes the admonition that “there is no pandemic exception to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.” Please let me know if anyone starts a GoFundMe to have that put on plaques and delivered to Democratic Governors and Mayors around the country, and I’ll happily kick in a few bucks.

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  • Rachelle Cox

    05/10/2020 01:29 PM

    So True! Our rights as citizens ALWAYS trump those of the government to take them from us! We fought a war over this very issue! Live Free or Die!

  • Rebecca ann Powell

    05/10/2020 01:17 PM

    I live in Connecticut and our Governor is out of control. Please help us stop this spread of communism!! God Bless us all!!

  • Carol J Mathews

    05/07/2020 10:39 PM

    Petitions to impeach and remove from office should be started on these dem dictators want-a bes
    Silent majority rule and remove. Thank goodness I live in GA.

  • james randolph

    05/06/2020 12:37 PM

    Hey Mike -
    What ALLEN WEST said will not fit on a bumper sticker .. but it's good.

    "...The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think. While we certainly recognize the seriousness of this virus and its ability to spread rapidly, treating Covid-19 and taking steps to prevent it from infecting more people has nothing at all to do with the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.” [ALLEN WEST]

  • Cate Zaida

    05/06/2020 10:40 AM

    There have been several pastors that have been arrested. I hope that this will soon come to an end, but O fear it is just beginning. God needs to judge America because we close down churches but leave abortion clinics open. This is all just too bizarre! I never thought I would live to see this happen in my lifetime.