Breaking News on CO Case and More...

Oct 1, 2020

Every day that churches are restricted from meeting is another day in which lives and souls teeter on the edge. The virus does not discriminate between nonreligious and religious gatherings, but these unconstitutional orders do. I need YOUR help to STOP the outrageous assaults against American churches. Read on to learn how. -Mat

Liberty Counsel is experiencing long, intense workdays fighting for pastors and churches, and it’s only going to get busier over the weeks to come.

Working through the weekend on behalf of Andrew Wommack Ministries International (AWMI), our legal team filed suit on Monday in Colorado against Gov. Jared Polis’ unconstitutional orders. The more than 700-page lawsuit requested emergency relief for AWMI’s October 5 Ministers’ Conference from the governor’s unconstitutional order that was released on September 5.

Tuesday afternoon, without even requesting a reply from the state attorney general, the judge denied our request for emergency relief in a weak six-and-a-half-page order. The brevity of the ruling was surprising, as was the lack of defense from Gov. Polis. We immediately filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals requesting emergency relief.

Like other states where we are defending churches, AWMI can offer nearly every form of “social service” to an unlimited number of people. However, under Gov. Polis’ ridiculously discriminatory order, the moment AWMI opens a Bible or delivers a sermon, all but a tiny fraction of the crowd must leave...or face criminal penalty.

Even as Gov. Polis restricts churches, he has exempted over 80 “Critical Businesses” from the restrictions he placed on religious gatherings. And he supports mass gatherings of protestors throughout the state.

AWMI implements extraordinary health and safety precautions. Charis Bible College, AWMI’s affiliated ministry, has been meeting daily for four weeks with not one positive COVID test. They can meet for educational purposes in the 3,100-seat sanctuary, but religious services are restricted.

To give preferential treatment to nonreligious gatherings over religious gatherings is unconstitutional on its face!

The virus does not discriminate between nonreligious and religious gatherings, but Gov. Jared Polis does.

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There is no constitutional justification to treat nonreligious gatherings more favorably than religious gatherings. Rather, the First Amendment gives preferential treatment to the free exercise of religion! We look forward to presenting arguments to the Court of Appeals -- and even the U.S. Supreme Court -- at some time in the future. This case is far from over.

That’s why we immediately filed our case with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. We are requesting expedited preliminary relief.

To have a case go from initial court filing to the Court of Appeals in 27 hours is truly breakneck speed. But we are ready for the challenge because every day these restrictive orders are in place is a day that can never be retrieved. Churches serve as hospitals for the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of hurting people. And in many cases, eternal life hangs in the balance.

The reality is people always need the church. Assembling, singing, laying hands on the sick, anointing, baptizing, observing the Lord’s Supper and more are not mere options for Christians. They are critical aspects of worship.

In times of crisis—especially where COVID shutdowns have stolen livelihoods, resulted in isolation and stressed already fragile human beings—the fellowship of believers can be the difference between LIFE and DEATH.

Since the shutdowns began, there have been dramatic increases in domestic and child abuse, sexual exploitation, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety and suicides. Cities from Seattle to Portland to Kenosha to Minneapolis are burnt-out remains, more like cities in war-torn Iraq than one expects in America.

We know the one place to turn in a time when nothing makes sense is the church. Is it any wonder the same people trying to sow division and strife are also closing the one place where truth and peace can be found?

Liberty Counsel now has SIX anti-church discrimination cases pending in the federal Courts of Appeals. Within a week, we will file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Romanian churches in Illinois we represent.

As it stands right now, in the 10 weeks between mid-September through mid-December, Liberty Counsel will argue at seven separate Court of Appeals regarding church restrictions, the legality of change counseling, displays of the Ten Commandments and a Christian flag censored by the City of Boston.

Additionally, Tuesday, eight Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met to decide whether it will hear our case representing Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to endorse same-sex marriage against her conscience. We desperately need a ninth Justice who respects the Constitution because on sharply contested cases like these, a 4-4 decision results in the holding of the lesser court to stand. This could be a disaster for religious liberty if the seat is not quickly filled!

Liberty Counsel is managing a MASSIVE caseload, and we need your support more than ever. Thankfully, a generous challenge grant has been established which will DOUBLE THE IMPACT of every donation made today. Please, prayerfully consider making your best possible gift so YOUR impact on religious freedom can be DOUBLED. Simply select here or the button below.

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

P.S. As I mentioned, we have several different religious freedom cases coming before the Supreme Court. Unless Judge Amy Coney Barrett is immediately confirmed, these cases and many more could be in limbo. Please, take a moment RIGHT NOW to tell the Senate to FILL THAT SEAT! Select here or the button below.