LOS ANGELES, Calif.—In partnership with Church Militant Resistance LA ,Virgin Most Powerful Radio, and Advocates for All Nations, March for Faith will rally to end the state’s bigotry against faith. Gathering outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on December 20th in Los Angeles, the groups will urge Archbishop Gomez to open the churches for Christmas for in-person worship.
“Progress is being made at the federal level, and yet the faithful are still struggling to exercise their First Amendment rights to worship freely,” says attorney Susan Swift Arnall, President and one of the founders of March for Faith. “Thousands of years ago, there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph. Now, millennia later, the followers of Christ are similarly homeless at Christmas.
Arnall is a regular contributor at Politichicks writing on political matters under her maiden name.
First Amendment Religious Liberty is Under Siege
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Across the United States, church communities suffer bigotry against faith, fines, and law suits despite their First Amendment right to assemble and worship freely.
- A Santa Clara County church has accrued as much as $50,000 in fines for defying public health orders that prohibit indoor worship–for exercising its First Amendment right to worship freely.
- The Governor of New York placed a cap of 10-25 people on houses of worship in neighborhoods where coronavirus rates were rising—even though many churches and synagogues could safely accommodate hundreds of worshipers following mask and social distancing protocols.
- Nevada limited religious assembly to just 50 worshipers no matter how large the building, while indoor bars, casinos, and amusement parks could operate at 50% capacity.
But the Tide is Turning towards Faith
Just before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo struck down New York’s pandemic restrictions on worship as unconstitutional. Since then, the high court has repeatedly blocked enforcement of other states’ pandemic regulations applied against houses of worship in Colorado, New Jersey, and California, remanding those cases for further consideration.
Liberty Counsel founder and Chairman Mat Staver said of the Court’s favorable ruling in the California appeal “[t]he handwriting is now on the wall,” Staver added. “The final days of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘color-coded executive edicts’ banning worship are numbered and coming to an end. It is past time to end these unconstitutional restrictions on places of worship.”
Despite this is clear signal from the Court, California’s Governor Newsom continues to enforce pandemic bans on indoor worship defying both the First Amendment and the Supreme Court. Newsom continues to use the pandemic to justify bigotry against faith.
The March for Faith is a non-partisan non-profit defending Americans’ First Amendment right to worship and assemble freely. More than 100 people attended the inaugural March for Faith on 10/10/2020.
The March for Faith prayer protest will take place 12-2 pm on December 20, 2020 outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555. W. Temple St., Los Angeles.