(JustPatriots.com)- Just in case you needed more evidence that California was spiraling out of control, a judge ordered that strip clubs in San Diego this month. The shocking decision has prompted a new lawsuit on behalf of California’s churches to insist that state government allow them to reopen, in what has been described as a “constitutional travesty.”
In what universe does it make sense to let strip clubs open, but not churches?
The Washington Free Beacon reported how Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil of San Diego issued a temporary restraining order against San Diego County and Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom that stopped them from banning the opening of live adult entertainment venues. The court said that the adult entertainment within those venues was “constitutionally protected speech” and that they could not be shut down under COVID rules.
Paul Jonna is an attorney from the Thomas More Society who is representing a number of churches in California. These places of worship are fighting to be able to stop open and assemble peacefully during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Jonna said that divine worship of God was a better example of “constitutionally protected speech” than dancing in strip clubs.
“If you’re going to accept that argument that dancing nude is protected speech that’s so significant that it overcomes the government’s interest in regulating its citizens with COVID-19 orders, then obviously the divine worship of God, which is expressly mentioned in the First Amendment, should be held to a higher standard,” Jonna explained.
In a statement released to the press, Jonna described it as a “constitutional travesty that must be immediately rectified.”
“As one California judge aptly noted – you can’t treat a church like a hair salon because churches are entitled to greater protection under the Constitution,” Jonna added. “And you certainly can’t treat a church like a strip club. In California, churches are being treated worse than strip clubs.”
The fight to allow churches to reopen has been going on since the beginning of the pandemic, and in San Diego, Pastor John MacArthur has been fighting local authorities since reopening in July. MacArthur noted that churches were being compared to strip clubs and abortion clinics, and as a result of his work exposing the nonsensical rules, Los Angeles County recently terminated his parking lot rental lease for his church, the Grace Community Church.
In California, you can go to a strip club but church is out of the question in many places.