REPORT: California’s Reopening Plan Discriminates Against Churches, DOJ Says

MAY 20, 2020

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California’s plan for reopening the economy discriminates against religious believers, the Department of Justice warned Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday.

California’s phase two reopening plan does not allow churches to reopen but does allow other types of secular businesses to reopen with social distancing measures, which Dreiband called in his letter “differential treatment.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The DOJ told Newsom in a Tuesday letter provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation that though the DOJ understands California’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of Californians, the state also has a duty to preserve religious liberty during the pandemic.

Eric S. Dreiband, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights have “no pandemic exception.”

Dreiband pointed out that Attorney General William Barr recently issued a statement emphasizing that “even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers.”

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