Los Angeles County is apparently issuing a request that Grace Community Church and senior pastor John MacArthur be held in contempt of court and slapped with heavy fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, after they have refused to follow COVID-19 restrictions and held three in-door worship services.
According to the request filed on Wednesday, the county wants a thousand bucks for each act of what they call “contempt” they are accusing the church of committing, plus an extra $1500 for violations of every court order. In total, the damages would be around $20,000.
Did you ever imagine a day would come, in America, where going to church would get you fined or tossed in prison? Sounds like something China would do, not the United States. Yet, here we are.
via The Daily Wire:
“Grace Church cannot thumb its nose at the court when decisions don’t go its way,” the request reads in part. “Accordingly, the Court should issue the requested order to show cause re contempt.”
“Defendants’ actions this past Sunday likewise constitute four separate violations of the TRO and Court of Appeal Order by each Defendant. Therefore, the Court should sanction each Defendant $1,500 per violation, for a total of $6,000 per Defendant,” the order continues, which names both the church and MacArthur as defendants.
As The Daily Wire reported, the prominent church in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles made headlines in July when they did not comply with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s renewed lockdown orders against houses of worship and other establishments the state deems “non-essential.”
According to Jenna Ellis, the attorney for the church, “Pastor MacArthur is standing firm that church is essential and has no plans to yield to this tyrannical board, which is clearly defying the constitution’s mandate to protect religious liberty.”
It’s unbelievable that this is happening. Remember when the left claimed that nothing like this would ever happen and made fun of people for suggesting it ever could? They were obviously liars, and they knew it.
We’ve been warning about this kind of infringing on religious liberty for a long time. Now it’s here. The question is, what side will be stay on?