A judge in California has ordered San Jose’s Calvary Chapel church to pay $1.2 million in fines for violating COVID lockdown rules, particularly regarding the use of masks.
The ruling was handed down by Superior Court Judge Evette Pennypacker, whose name is reminiscent of a Dickens or “Seinfeld” character, a registered Democrat appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.
Pennypacker opined that the church should pay fines for violating Santa Clara County’s mask mandate during the peak of the pandemic.
“It should appear clear to all – regardless of religious affiliation – that wearing a mask while worshiping one’s god and communing with other congregants is a simple, unobtrusive, giving way to protect others while still exercising your right to religious freedom,” the judge wrote.
California is greedy and out of control
Judge Slaps California Church With $1M Fine for Holding Services During COVID
— 🙏🇺🇸 Kari 🇺🇸 ⚔️🛡⚔️ (@KKaaRRii2) April 14, 2023
If that weren’t wild enough, the ruling accuses the church of risking people’s lives.
“Defendants repeatedly refused to model, much less, enforce this gesture,” Pennypacker declared.
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“Instead, they repeatedly flouted their refusal to comply with the Public Health Orders and urged others to do so ‘who cares what the cost,’ including death.”
A California judge just ordered a church that defied COVID lockdown rules to pay a $1.2 million fine.
But governments that locked down churches should be paying fines for denying our religious freedoms.
— Daily Christian Tweets (@JesusSavesUs777) April 14, 2023
Church Fined For Violating COVID Mask Rules
Keep in mind that this ruling was just handed down last week.
Pennypacker wasn’t claiming masks “protect others” and not wearing them leads to “death” deep in the throes of the pandemic when people were petrified and willing to trust the so-called ‘experts’ blindly.
She still clearly believes what she’s peddling. Worse, she’s punishing a church for ultimately being on the right side of history.
One has to assume that most people have finally come to the realization that these mitigation efforts aren’t what they were touted as. Whether the media or Democrats are willing to admit to that publicly is another thing.
A scientific review published by Cochrane Library in February found that “wearing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu-like illness/COVID-like illness.”
Another study published just this past week showed that masks in hospitals – one of the last places that kept enforcing the rules despite being the one place that should know better – did very little to prevent the spread of COVID.
Judge Pennypacker – the sham is over. The mask is off so to speak.
— Rev. Dr. Paul P. Waldmiller🌏🌐 (@DrWaldmiller) April 14, 2023
Will the Church Fight Back?
The Washington Free Beacon reports the Calvary church has filed a separate federal lawsuit against Santa Clara officials. That filing remains pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
They also outline the lengths to which officials in the county became overbearing tyrants during the lockdowns.
“Court documents in both cases reveal that Santa Clara County mounted rigorous surveillance of the church and its individual members, even tracking members’ movements through cell phone data and paying researchers to analyze the results,” they explained.
And Democrats are always calling everybody else ‘fascists.’
If you’re a decent human, leave California. https://t.co/D4KPhru30B
— Phantom Patriot (@PhantomPat1776) April 14, 2023
Robert Tyler, the president of the religious liberty firm Advocates for Faith and Freedom, which is arguing the case, hinted that the fight might be heading to the highest court.
“This case will not likely end until the U.S. Supreme Court rebukes Santa Clara County again,” said Tyler. “The opinion is very deficient in its analysis and provides for an excellent appeal.”
That’s putting it mildly.
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