A "Seismic Change" Just Took Place for Churches

Dec 17, 2020

A Court of Appeals just declared a major change regarding houses of worship and the right to hold church meetings. The dominoes are beginning to fall, but we continue to have major pockets of resistance. Read on to learn what’s next in the fight for religious freedom. -Mat

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Last week, a CA judge in our case representing Pastor Ché Ahn and our California church clients refused to hear arguments after the Supreme Court order to follow the High Court’s roadmap.

In California, it is ILLEGAL for 99.1% of Californians to worship or even have Bible studies in their own homes with anyone who does not live there.

Our clients, Pastor Ahn, Harvest Rock Church, and Harvest International Ministry, which includes 162 California churches, face daily criminal charges, prison and thousands of dollars in accumulating fines each day their churches are open. The Pasadena Criminal Prosecutor has written a letter that threatens criminal charges against any parishioner who worships.

A whirlwind of legal change happened in just a few short days...

On Thanksgiving Eve, the Supreme Court issued a resounding ruling in favor of NY churches and synagogues. One Justice wrote in no uncertain terms, “But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”

On December 3, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Harvest Rock Church and all our California-based church clients. The Court ordered the lower court to follow the clear First Amendment roadmap, which leads to only one destination – the CA worship restrictions violate the First Amendment.

But CA Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t want to obey the Constitution or the Supreme Court and continues to resist.

Tuesday morning at 3:00 a.m. ET, Gov. Newsom’s Attorney General filed a brief with hundreds of pages of exhibits. Last night, we filed our response to Gov. Newsom. I will update you later.  But this is a CLEAR indication that the battle to free America’s religious faithful from the cages of their First Amendment abusers is far from over.

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Gov. Newsom may not know it yet, but he will learn that the seismic shift at the Supreme Court includes the Golden State.

Despite Gov. Newsom’s refusal to obey the Supreme Court, the Harvest Rock Church case is already freeing churches around the country!

  • On December 7, CO Gov. Jared Polis lifted all restrictions against CO houses of worshipincluding our clients Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College. Gov. Polis did so because of the Supreme Court opinions, including our Harvest Rock Church case.
  • On December 15, the High Court granted relief to churches in New Jersey, California, and Colorado.
  • On December 15, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 3-0 opinion ruled in favor of NV churches -- noting that the Supreme Court cases represent a “seismic shift” that compelled their result.
  • And our case representing the Romanian immigrant churches of Illinois is the first church case at the Supreme Court ready for a full review at the High Court. We will receive word in January.

The fight for religious freedom is far from finished.

The Supreme Court’s NY ruling did not end the battles because of the nature of their preliminary status. We must now continue to fight in many of the states in which we are already representing pastors, churches and parishioners. But now, we have the arsenal to win this battle.

We are seeing an increase in urgent calls from pastors and churches facing existing or new lockdowns. They need our help.

At the same time, we are also involved in the election disputes. I believe the evidence of fraud is overwhelming and we must address it now if we hope to ever again see free and fair elections in America.

Yes, the gates of hell are beginning to crumble, but we need your ongoing help to continue the battle. This has been the most extensive litigation year in Liberty Counsel’s 31-year history. With so many critical battles, our resources are stretched as never before.

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Freeing our churches is the first step to restoring liberty – not just for churches and the believers they serve, but liberty for the entire country! Thank you for standing with us in this fight!

Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman

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