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California Legislator Wants Religious Services Deemed Essential During State of Emergency

Christian Headlines - Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would deem religious services an essential activity during any declared state of emergency.

The bill, known as the Religion is Essential Act, would require state and local governments to allow religious services to continue during an emergency.

It would prohibit government institutions from enforcing a health, safety or occupancy requirement that “imposes a substantial burden on a religious service” during an emergency, according to language from the bill.

“Americans are guaranteed religious freedom and the right to congregate with fellow members at their chosen house of worship,” Jones said in a statement.

Jones criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom as using COVID-19 as an excuse “to violate” the rights of California residents to congregate for worship.

This proposed piece of legislation comes days after a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 5 that California couldn’t forbid indoor church services....READ MORE

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