An appeals court declined to lift the temporary restrictions mandated by California state governor Gavin Newson on in-person religious services to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after President Donald Trump authorized churches to reopen their doors this Weekend.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, California, ruled Friday that the governor’s move was not targeted selectively at religious activities.
The court ruled on a lawsuit filed in early May by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, the report said.
Judges Barry Silverman and Jacqueline Nguyen argued, in a majority opinion, that they are dealing “with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there is currently no known cure.”
The magistrates – added the Post – cited in their statement an opinion of the Supreme Court, pointing out that if a court does not use “practical wisdom”, it will convert the Bill of Rights that includes the first ten amendments to the US Constitution “into a suicide pact “
But Judge Daniel Collins dissented, considering that the ban violates the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of worship, expression, the press and assembly.
The decision became known after Trump announced on Friday the designation of churches, synagogues and mosques as “essential places”, which is why they are considered crucial at the federal level, a category that hospitals or processors have also entered. foods.
“I urge governors to allow churches and places of worship to open, right now!” Said Trum, who threatened to suspend the governors’ authority if they do not allow it and ended his intervention by saying: “USA he needs more prayers, not less. ”
The president did not clarify which presidential powers he was referring to nullify the power of the governors and, asked by the press, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also did not offer any details.
Legally, the federal government does not have the authority to override the decisions of the governors, who are empowered to decide whether or not to resume the activity of an area.
What Trump can and has already done is support the accusations against governors who have filed religious institutions, which consider that the restrictions by the virus violate his right to freedom of worship as set out in the Constitution.
Newsom has been under pressure in recent days on this issue. More than 1,200 state pastors joined a declaration of “essentiality” this Thursday, with which they are challenging the state moratorium to carry out face-to-face services in their churches, and they assured that they will open the doors to their parishioners on May 31, Pentecost Day. .
In a press conference this Friday, the Democratic governor said that as soon as Monday he will give the guidelines to allow religious services.
The governor announced that the guidelines, as in restaurants, would vary according to the size of the building.