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California Church Asks Supreme Court to Take Action Against Gov. Newsom
A California church has appealed to the Supreme Court for relief from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown order.
South Bay United Pentecostal Church and Bishop Arthur Hodges appealed a lawsuit against Newsom to the High Court on Sunday after a panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the church’s request, according to Politico.
The 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 against the church on Friday, with the majority arguing that the pandemic emergency warranted that the courts step back from determining whether the civil rights of certain groups were being violated by Newsom’s lockdown order.
“We’re dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure,'” Judges Barry Silverman and Jacqueline Nguyen wrote according to Politico. “In the words of Justice Robert Jackson, if a ‘court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.'”
The court’s decision came down the same day the Trump administration told governors to deem churches and other houses of worship essential. While President Trump does not have the authority to deem religious services essential across the U.S., his Justice Department can back lawsuits brought by religious institutions against states’ lockdown orders. Read more…
Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention from North Carolina
President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina, citing a problem with the Democrat governor.
“Unfortunately, Democrat Governor Roy Cooper is still in Shutdown mood and unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the arena … Plans are being made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to beautiful North Carolina in August,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Republican convention is scheduled to begin August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Spectrum Center.
But Gov. Cooper continues the slow process of reopening North Carolina, despite neighboring southern states moving at a faster pace.
Trump accused Cooper of unfairly stalling Republicans.
“They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied,” Trump wrote. “If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.” Read more…
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