From coast to coast, Democrat Governors are capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic to seize power they’ve always wanted.
But their stranglehold is finally being challenged.
And Attorney General William Barr just dropped the hammer on this Democrat Governor.
Of all the power-hungry Democrat Governors in America, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is one of the worst offenders.
Early on, Northam ordered a lockdown until June, using the pandemic as an excuse to sign more gun control legislation into law.
But he didn’t stop with his assault on the Second Amendment, instead, Northam gutted the First Amendment by ordering churches to close.
The pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship Church found himself issued a citation by Virginia police for holding a Palm Sunday service where just 16 congregants gathered in a sanctuary that seats 293.
As a result, the church filed a lawsuit over the criminal charge.
And now the Department of Justice has joined in, arguing Northam’s order unlawfully discriminated against religious institutions by banning church gatherings of more than 10 people while allowing smaller facilities like liquor stores and law offices to remain open without similar restrictions.
“Permitting similar opportunities for in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals, while at the same time prohibiting churches from gathering in groups of more than 10 — even with social distancing measures and other precautions — has impermissibly interfered with the church’s free exercise of religion,” the Justice Department argued.
“Unless the Commonwealth can prove that its disparate treatment of religious gatherings is justified by a compelling reason and is pursued through the least restrictive means, this disparate treatment violates the Free Exercise Clause, and the Orders may not be enforced against the church,” the filing added.
In a recent press conference, Attorney General William Barr warned Governors the Justice Department would begin challenging shutdown orders that do damage to the economy or infringe on Americans’ Constitutional rights.
By filing a “Statement of Interest” in the Virginia case, Barr is firing a warning shot across the bow of other states sending a clear message: it’s time to restore Americans’ freedoms.
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