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Can churches REALLY operate during shutdown?
Apr 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
Trump wants to withhold money from the World Health Organization (WHO) over their “handling” of the China Coronavirus debacle. Sounds good to me!
Pacific Justice Institute’s (PJI) founder Brad Dacus joins Joe to discuss the legality of shutdowns during Coronavirus and questions why press rooms haven’t been shutdown?!?
Why aren’t churches considered an “essential” organization?
How do people file with the court during this shutdown? Brad says courts are not completely shutdown, so it’s still an option.
The press is still meeting in the press rooms. Why are they entitled to do that, but churches aren’t? Is it more of a fundamental right for the press to meet than for people to exercise their religious freedom? Right now, churches are extending a lot of grace during this crisis, but it can’t go on for too long without becoming an abuse of government.
Abortion clinics remain open during the shutdown in South Carolina, so prayer and counseling groups are still gathering outside the clinics to offer assistance to women. In some areas police are arresting them for “gathering” even though they are abiding by required distancing laws. That’s a problem.
5th Circuit Court of Appeals has deemed abortion clinics non-essential during the shutdown. But that doesn’t affect the entire country.
Some over-zealous local legislators are trying to overstep religious freedom during this crisis. Those are the cases we are watching closely to ensure fairness and equal application of the laws.