Senator Brian Jones of the 38th District is calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen churches, synagogues, mosques and temples from the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Houses of worship are more than capable of observing CDC guidelines on social distancing and cleanliness,” said the senator. This week he sent a letter that began, “I am requesting that you take immediate steps to allow churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and all places of worship to immediately re-open in California.”
He continued, “The shutdown orders that you and numerous other governors have issued are beginning to be challenged, modified and overturned in state after state.”
He quoted Liberty Counsel, which is representing religious organizations throughout the U.S.
“The government is not empowered to command under criminal or civil penalties religious worshippers when and how they should worship. Indeed, this sacred right preexisted government and therefore supersedes any dictates such government may issue. These rights are protected by both the Constitutions of the United States of America and every state constitution, and are also protected by federal and state laws.”
Jones calls churches an “essential” service, “more than capable of planning for and observing CDC guidelines on social distancing and cleanliness.” He concludes, “Governor, in such a perilous time that we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging people to pursue their freedom of religious assembly is the correct and compassionate thing to do.”