• Attack on Religious Liberty – Courtesy of Coronavirus-Era Tyranny

    Surge Summary: The response of some American governors and other public officials to churches’ attempts to meet together during the coronavirus pandemic is downright chilling. There exists, clearly, not much space between America’s First Amendment rights – specifically, freedom of religion – and oppressive government tyranny.

    by Gary Bauer

    On Good Friday, Governor Andy Beshear ordered Kentucky’s churches to close.  Beshear added that the state would record the license plates of anyone at a large gathering over Easter weekend and report individuals to local health departments so they could be quarantined for 14 days – akin to being sentenced to home arrest.

    When one church got creative, announcing it would hold an Easter service in its parking lot with worshippers staying in their cars, Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, went a step further.  He banned all gatherings of any kind in churches, public places and even in homes.

    So, the church went to court and got an injunction against Fischer’s order banning drive-in services.  U.S. District Judge Justin Walker blasted the mayor’s order as “stunning” and “beyond all reason [and] unconstitutional.”  Walker wrote:

    “On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of [the satirical publication] The Onion.'”

    In other places, Easter worshippers were hit with $500 fines.

    [Editor: Fox News reports that attenders of that same church service arrived at the building to find

    nails at the entrance of the parking lot.

    Dr. Jack Roberts, the pastor of Marysville Baptist Church, arrived to find “at least one box of nails” blocking each entrance of the parking lot, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

    “It was sad when we drove into the house of God today. Someone decided it would be nice if you all drove home with flat tires today,” Roberts, a preacher of 55 years, told the congregation Sunday morning during his sermon.

    (it is unclear how the nails got to be there.) ]

    It’s very revealing to see how quickly and almost enthusiastically some left-wing politicians have decided that churches and synagogues are non-essential and must be shut down, while abortion clinics, liquor stores and lottery retailers can stay open.

    I’m pleased to report that Attorney General William Barr warned over the weekend that the Justice Department will be taking action against local officials who violated the First Amendment.  But this is also an example of just how thin the line is against those who want to take away religious liberty.

    If we didn’t have Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the White House, if we didn’t have their conservative judges and William Barr at the Justice Department, if we hadn’t had groups like Focus on the Family, Family Research Council and Campaign for Working Families fighting for faith, family and freedom for the past 20 years, we would have lost this battle a long time ago.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    H/T: Foxnews.com

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; adapted from:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/maveric2003/91197162/

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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