This judge is blocking a Democrat Governor’s order that would destroy religious liberty. You’ll never guess what happened next

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Radical leftists are using the coronavirus crisis to quickly stifle religious freedom across the country and sadly, it is working.

Sadly, it’s working.

But this Kansas judge is blocking this Democrat Governor’s order that would destroy. You’ll never guess what happened next.

Politicians across the country are banning public gatherings and even stopping places of worship from coming together.

This is of course a direct violation of the First Amendment.

Kentucky’s Governor went as far as to collect the license plate numbers of church goers on Easter Sunday so he could potentially fine them.

Activists, organizations, and some locally elected officials are starting to fight back.

Judge John Broomes of Kansas is blocking an order from Governor Laura Kelly that forces churches to keep attendance below 10 people.

Broomes’ order against the governor still asks that churches abide by social distancing and employ best practices to avoid the spread of the virus.

Additionally, two churches have filed lawsuits against Governor Kelly on the grounds of their religious liberties being violated.

Several others in different states are starting to fight back against these restrictions.

The government being able to force churches to shut down and severely stifle the ability of Christians to gather, serve others, and spread the Gospel is an alarming development in the United States.

Religious liberty, the right to gather, and freedom of speech are ideas enshrined in our Constitution.

There will no doubt be dozens if not hundreds of lawsuits after the coronavirus crisis is over, suing local and state governments for their infringements on these liberties.

Christians are facing a difficult situation during the coronavirus crisis.

While this crisis may hurt Christ followers’ ability to gather, it will certainly sharpen people’s faith and breed new leaders who are willing to stand up to these outrageous attacks on the Church.

What do you think?

Do Christians have a responsibility to fight these restrictions against religious liberties?

Share your thoughts with Culture Watch News in the comments below.

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  2. I have little tolerance for being told what to think – by anyone. Being told what to do when it is logical, sensible, healthy (well documented) and appeals to my sense of fairness and balance, is an easy agreement.
    The screechy, in your face types of looney lefties or the eyes closed, shout over everything types from some other sects, do nothing but convince me of my original position.

  3. When are brain dead politicians and followers going to understand our government is our Constitution. When Romans 13 states we are to obey the governing authorities it means only if officials adhere to the constitution. Its we the people not we the idiot politicians

  4. Well, we’re in the midst of a pandemic, and the only way to stop the spread of the virus is to close down large gatherings like sporting events. Americans United for Separation of Church and State merely points out that the ban should apply equally to religious as well as secular events. You’d think religious leaders would comply!

  5. It is my constitutional right to follow my religious beliefs. I should have the right to decide if I wish attend a church service or not. Attending a concert or a basketball game is not a constitutional right. If you are so scared for you life, stay home and follow marshall law orders. Oh it will also likely prevent death by a car accident if you stay at home as well.

  6. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution pertaining to ‘separation of church and state’, though some nimrods will try to say otherwise. There is, however a portion that says” they can make no law forbidding the free practice thereof” The Constitution merely forbids the establishment of a State Religion, such as the Church of England.

  7. Our Church has followed the rules. We meet in our parking lot and stay in our cars. We also meet online in the morning daily for our Pastor’s coffee time chat. We do other meetings online as well. Nobody is forced to do anything and we have people with disabilities who are supposed to stay home at all times. We consulted with our Governor in the beginning who approved all we do, so we have had no interference. I am upset about churches who follow all the Gov’t rules and are still harassed by big groups of Officers. I hope they win their cases.

  8. Faith in God is the real need of present times . People must have freedom to gather for religious services whatever deceases calamities only Almighty God heals .

  9. The Christians built this country to start with.It’s the atheists have always been a pain in our back.But we, Christians have Always won.In GOD we trust

  10. Actually, the 1st Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    So George, the First Amendment clearly says that there must be a separation from Church and State, because “Congress SHALL NOT ESTABLISH religion, or PROHIBIT the Free Exercise thereof.

  11. does anyone know if the states are also forbidding mosque gatherings of the muslim faith. Seems in most cases officials are afraid to do anything to them out of fear of being called racists or worse.

  12. I would encourage any of you to study the history behind “separation of church and state” . It would appear that some (most) seem woefully uninformed if not totally ignorant of the original thoughts be “separation of church and state”. Thomas Jefferson’s comments included that there must be a wall. A wall high and impregnable that would refuse the state to interfere with the church, yet the church would ALWAYS be allowed to bring effect on the state, as the church is where the law of morality and liberty begin.

  13. Vast over reach for a political purpose by leftists. Corona virus deaths are many times out numbered by influenza deaths both here in the U. S. and the world. Where is the hysteria accompanying that FACT? Sanitary precautions are certainly in order to reduce fatalities but the irrational actions of tyrannical government show no equivalence where real pandemic of flu vs CV exist. The gullible public is being brainwashed to subservience (slavery) to a new oligarchy government promulgated by the NEW World Order mongers of both political parties.
    Our founding fathers gave their all to form the best governing system on earth, and we are throwing it away with each anti-constitutional mandate by power mad politicians. Shame on the gullible public for allowing and voting in these despot political careerists. Autonomy of the individual is an inherent right and the people are kowtowing to slave masters. Shame on you – the gullible public!

  14. Vasu Murti Try telling the Muslim religion they can’t gather and see what happens. They still gather but the Governors and Mayors do not go after them. You want to know why? Because the Muslims just might solve the problem by removing those politicians with a violent end. Christians on the other hand lay down without a fight on the most part. The separation of church and state says there can be NO, meaning none, not any, laws that infringe on the rights to practice religions. So it is not the Governors, nor Mayors, nor any other political leaders job to enforce a law that prohibits the practice of religion but each churches to decide what is best for their followers. I do understand the need to stay a safe distance but I also understand that at NO TIME should we allow our freedoms to be overran by the government.

  15. Vasu and others of his ilk? you need to read the constitution and especially the Bill of Rights. Nowhere is there is a dictum that declares ‘Separation of Church and State’. That is a falsehood, a mantra of the left that would deny people their religious rights, on governments order, to practice their faith. In fact the first amendment does state there is a prohibition against the denial of religious rights, Freedom OF Religion.

  16. Almost everybody ignores the third word in the prohibition.. let not CONGRESS!!! If you are not a member of Congress, this does not apply to you! Not a governor, nor a judge, nor a president, nor anybody else! Everybody seems to want to stick his/her nose in where it clearly does not belong!
    Finis! No discussion!

  17. If any of you work in hospitals providing care to covid19 patients, then YOU are aware that Coronavirus is many times more contagious than the seasonal flu. THAT is the problem. We never see 900 people show up at an ER with the flu, day after day. That’s why there was such a panic in NYC; it appeared that the hospitals would be quickly overwhelmed and unable to accept any more patients. The stay-at-home orders along with social distancing have dramatically slowed the spread of this highly contagious virus.
    That said, attending religious services where EVERYONE stays in their own car, with the windows closed, no trips to the bathroom, and NO interaction between ANY attendees should be safe enough. This won’t last forever, try and be patient with one another.

  18. The question that people should be asking is this. If the government can force churches to cancel services because of this coronavirus epidemic, under what other situations could they do the same thing? It is a slippery slope many in the government – federal, state, county, and city – have taken us down. Once a right, guaranteed by the US Constitution, is taken away what will prevent that right and others from being usurped? There is nothing in the Constitution that says we are guaranteed these rights unless the government decides it is in our best interest to suspend them. I fear that many in government will see this crisis as an opportunity to gain more power over their constituents and we are the poorer for it.

  19. The problem is that some politicians don’t remember that they took an oath to uphold, preserve,
    protect our constitution. The first of our fundamental rights (Bill of Rights) involves religion, and
    a very straight forward prohibition on government to get involved in religion. It is a definite
    limitation on government. We will get countered on this position by those who will say “Yeah, but …”
    There is no allowance for that, the limitation is already there. We need to make note and remember
    who the “Yeah but” politicians are and, regardless of their stated motives, vote them out of office.
    Do this now, or in the near future, to protect our rights and the rights of our children and grand-
    children regardless of political party.

  20. Please attend your religious gatherings as often as possible, no matter what the government says and no matter how dangerous for the public health it is. As you all die off from COVID-19 (aka Trump-2020), the USA will be rid of some of its worst, most evil people. Go for it. The world will be better for it and real American patriots will rejoice.

  21. Give me a break ! This is NOT some sinister liberal attempt to “repress Christianity “. All over the US, it’s been necessary to close universities,public schools , theaters, stores, sports events, and other places – to protect Americans from the deadly corona virus . People who attend large gatherings anywhere are taking their lives in their hands , and risking the lives of their family and friends . This includes churches !
    Many preachers and pastors have been offering streamed services to their flocks, and this makes sense .
    A number of preachers have defied the order to suspend their regular live services in churches , and some have DIED, along with some members of their flocks .
    Why are there so many idiots in America who think the quarantine is “Oppression ?”

  22. I agree that we need to take all precautions to stop the spread of this disease, but I do believe that the Government should make sure all religious groups abide by this rule not just Christians.It is scary that the Govt.may try to use this practice to shut us down any time they want. That’s why we all need to stand up and fight for our rights how ever we do it . Speak up,demonstrate, March on Washington or Vote all of these politicians out of office. Stand up America lets start to take our country back before we loose it.

  23. On the question of mosque gatherings, no, the Marxian Democrats do not restrict Muslims since they need their votes and fear jihad. Muslims are left to decide for themselves how many adherents are allowed to form groups of worshippers, etc. Same in the case of burials.

    One law for them (Muslims) and another for Christians.

    Something has got to be done about these extreme Marxists. They must be arrested and charged with Treason, Sedition, Subversion, Embezzlement of taxpayers’ funds and Genocide (Native Americans and Europeans). Think what happened in Romania and Russia in recent decades.

  24. It has been long known that liberal have a huge hate for Christ and his followers. It’s time to stand up and bring Christ in all our conversations, we are the true believers and it’s time for us to share the true words of Jesus who died for all our sins. We must not let the devil win. Remember Jesus beat Satan all we need to do is resist his temptations.

  25. Wolf !! , George is right and you are wrong. You have completely twisted the words of the constitution to mean something it clearly does not !!

  26. Our nation was established by the Puritans who left their homes in England to worship God without restrictions and fear. Honor our forefathers — God is the foundation of America. In God We Trust.

  27. Interesting how these religious shutdowns are only directed at churches and synagogues and mosques are exempt. Minneapolis is allowing call to prayer to be broadcast on load speakers and New York City is supplying Halal meals at taxpayer expense over Ramadan.

  28. Alfred Zetzl. You dwell on the word “congress”, so let’s discuss that a little. In the Constitution, congress is charged with the duty to make laws; not the president, not the supreme court, nor anybody else, only congress. That some presidents and judges have violated that charge does not make their actions legitimate. The first amendment did not have to specify any government body, or government in general, besides congress. It’s meaning is clear. You can cherry pick words all you want, but in this case you are wrong. It isn’t finis, end of discussion.

  29. HCB US CHRISTIANS leaving this world would be the best thing happening to us. And for those of you ignorant non believers, You’ll wished you had what we tried to tell ya’ll about but instead Ya’ll will get what the Tribulation warned about. You want torture, torment and untold amounts of suffering in HELL every minute of every day till Jesus condemns you on Judgment Day to the Lake of Fire. SO BE IT!!!

  30. when the Christians were persecuted and forced to flee, the result was the spreading of their beliefs far beyond the the countries of their origin.

  31. It’s unfortunate that too many of these restrictions are simply house arrest. That is unconstitutional. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise are the best way to build up immunity. Any physician will tell you that. The liberal leaders are delighting in restricting our liberties. There will be more large protests if the economy does not open safely and soon.

  32. HCB, it is clearly YOU who is the evil one. You prove that every time you comment. You have only vile hatred and lies in you, as does your master satan. NOTHING you say is ever true. You have no concept of the truth. And you know very well that this virus came from CHINA and Pres. Trump has nothing to do with it. But just continue in your sick hate and deny the truth. If not for Pres. Trump, it would be MUCH WORSE if it was Hillary. And it is very obvious that you know nothing at all about Christianity or who Jesus is. satan is your master

  33. I am so thankful to live in a state where our governor has common sense and has not put us on lockdown. I am still working and most of the stores where I live are open. This is just a nasty flu and most people recover. The sick dems do not care about us and are using it for their sick agenda of taking over every aspect of our lives. They have thrown God out and will follow satan to Hell

  34. Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” I truly believe that even with the government trying to infringe on our First Amendment right He is with us.

  35. Marx, for Zetzl it may have been the end of his discussion and he can only speak for himself. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

  36. I would care less if I read in the paper that Gov. Kelley CAUGHT the coronavirus with a terminal result.

  37. Most Governments and Kings had little or no use for Christianity and most still don’t. Leaders do make a difference. Just read the Bible ( Old Testament for sure). There were good Kings and bad Kings (mostly bad) and there have been good leaders and bad leaders (again, mostly bad). Problem is and always been is how easily people follow whichever leader they have. When they have a good leader they follow him/her and the very next day a leader can be changed, and be bad, and too many people will switch over to and follow him/her. Many people’s perception of the meaning of Leader is way off. The title of Leader doesn’t mean they must be followed no matter what. You mustn’t abandon your principles and freedom just because of the title Leader. You still have your rights and beliefs and if you don’t stand up for them you stand a good chance of loosing them. Our Founding Fathers understood this and that’s why they put Article V into the Constitution. Check it out. It’s a tool left to us to protect us from a tyrannical,runaway government (which we have right now) and a tool our career politicians fight vehemently against to prevent us from using it. It’s our call! Either we’re happy with our corrupt leaders and want to corral them or we are content to let things go on, and on until it’s too late. This November is a good chance to show where we stand.?

  38. To paraphrase Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison in 1803… “a law found to be in disagreement with the Constitution, cannot stand.”

  39. Banning public GATHERINGS is not a First Amendment violation, unless religious activities are singled out for different treatment than other similar gatherings. If religious activities are treated differently, it is a violation. The concept isn’t difficult to understand. It’s a matter of whether there is equal treatment, or not.

  40. Dear BJ just wanted to say your faith is an inspiration to me. I wish I knew personally. God will have a great place for you in Heaven. God Bless you. Thanks for your helpful comments. Keep on keeping on with God’s great work.

  41. Most people are totally unaware about why we have the separation of church & state because they don’t remember why the Pilgrims left England in the first place. In England, the Church was the State. Everything started going to hell in a handbasket when Mrs. O’Hare sued to keep prayer out of the classroom, because she was an atheist. (Although as long as there are tests in school, there will be prayer in the classroom. Lol). I’m very glad Christians are standing up for themselves; this surely would not be happening to Muslims. After all, Jesus believed in turning the other cheek, yes, but he did get mad about the money lenders in the temple, if I remember my Bible right.

  42. I agree with the founding fathers on the Constitution and separation of church and state. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (meaning the government can’t favor one religion over another) nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    “…respecting an establishment of religion,” in a broader sense of the word, really does mean freedom of belief. Thomas Jefferson was laissez-faire (“hands-off!”) towards all belief and disbelief, not caring whether his neighbor believes in twenty gods or no god. Religious leaders warned that if Jefferson were elected, Bibles would be confiscated, churches would be closed down, etc. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Secularists are NOT atheists.

    Most violations of church-state separation, however, are not coming from Muslims, but from Christians pushing their religion on others where it doesn’t belong: Christian prayers in the public schools; Christian prayers before city council meetings; theistic expressions like “In God We Trust” on coins and currency; theistic expressions like “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.

    We’re NOT talking about radical Islam and beheadings, but about Muslim Americans and persons merely mistakenly perceived to be Muslim (e.g., Sikhs, Hindus, Bahai’s and Buddhists) facing discrimination here in the United States.

    The Department of Justice noted that it has investigated over a thousand hate crimes and other acts of discrimination against faith groups since September 11th, 2001. This disturbing trend correlates to a steady rise in crimes committed against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. The real 2014 total of anti-Muslim hate crimes could be as many as six thousand or more.

    In February 2016, a still-unidentified suspect broke into a Minneapolis mosque and vandalized it. Earlier, a Spokane, Wash., man broke into a local Sikh gurdwara and caused $35,000 worth of damage; he told police he believed he had discovered a mosque affiliated with ISIS. And a Buddhist monk was attacked in Oregon after a man mistook him for a Muslim.

    The Lincoln County Commission in North Carolina Chair Carrol Mitchem told local news outlets in 2015 that he has no intention of allowing any non-Christians to offer invocations before commission meetings because Christians constitute a majority in the United States. “I don’t need no Arab or Muslim or whoever telling me what to do or us here in the county what to do about praying,” Mitchem said. “If they don’t like it, stay the hell away.”

    That is what religious discrimination actually looks like.

    It’s a far cry from asking bakers to obey public accommodation laws.

    Joseph Callahan similarly commented on the Huffington Post in 2015:

    “It is pretty hard now days to turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about ‘the war on Christianity’ and see devout believers lamenting on how horribly they are ‘persecuted’ in America today. With gay marriage, abortion and atheists removing God from every aspect of the government, it seems pretty obvious that we secular citizens are using separation of church and state as a new battlefield against religion. How horrible a life American Christians must be forced to live.

    “In Iran, Christians are being executed for their faith. In Myanmar, you can be thrown in prison just for owning a Bible. In North Korea, well, you face death just for believing any god exists. The 2015 report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) shows that thirteen million people have fled seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Central African Republic (CAR), Eritrea, Burma, and Afghanistan). Many of those displaced are Christians, and mostly due to fear of violence and/or death.

    “The Bible, and distributing it, is restricted in over fifty countries worldwide, and spreading the gospel will land you in jail or executed in many of those. But none of this compares to the wholly American horror of (possibly) being forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding! How could we compare the American ‘war on Christianity’ to the Christians (and other religious beliefs) persecuted worldwide? I mean, our own little bubble, and our own discomforts in the first world are all that really matter. The rest of the world isn’t us, so we shouldn’t compare ourselves to them, right?

    “In America today, you can proudly say, ‘I’m a Christian’ and carry a Bible with you everywhere you go. You can go to any church you want to without being arrested. You can say anything you want! You can even proclaim that you worship the Giant Spaghetti Monster, and all the persecution you will receive is strange looks from some people.’

    “Yet, in this, one of the most religiously tolerant nations, Christians are screaming persecution just because our laws are changing to embrace everyone’s belief structure. By not allowing one faith to force their beliefs down our legal throats, the country has launched a ‘war’ on (one specific) faith.”

    Anyone perceived to be Muslim, like Sikhs, Hindus, Bahai’s and Buddhists, often face the same discrimination. Religious minorities in this country are merely asking for the same level of consideration and equal treatment given to Christians.

    It was reported in the Indo-American press in either the ’90s or 2000s that a coalition of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains were going to court to demand a completely religion-neutral society, which does not favor one religion over another, nor one set of beliefs or disbeliefs over another.

    I’m Hindu, not Muslim. The fact that American liberals refer derisively to the Christian right in this country as “the American Taliban” indicates disdain for the Islamic Taliban. Again, secularists are NOT atheists.

  43. vasu, your stupidity is astounding. NOWHERE in the Constitution does it say anything about separation of Church and State. The ONLY mention of it was in a private letter. And if you agree with our founding fathers you agree to Bibles in schools, church services in the Capitol Building and Chaplains in the military. They did not separate Church and State. But you have no clue of the truth

  44. There are VALID reasons for staying apart/away from each other during a pandemic. Yes, it is your right to choose to die for your religion. But you do NOT have the right to kill ME for YOUR religion! And that is what happens when YOU go to church and then come near the rest of us! You have NO right to expose and sicken other people because you refuse to grow up! A few weeks of quarantine will NOT kill either of. Your refusal to comply with the quarantine and social distancing very well may!

  45. Les, thanks for your very kind words. But I am a sinner like everyone else and you will very likely have a better place than me. I will just be very thankful and awed to be there and whatever God has for me will be great, even if it is a one-room hut

  46. Jesus said,”Render unto Caesar what is his, and unto God what is his. The bible also says wherever 2 o3 three of you are gathered, describing a church or service. This is hopefully a temporary problem, and I don’t think God believes you are wrong to obey these rules. I am sure first responders pray each morning to be kept safe as they minister to the ill and then go out and help.
    He did tell Simon to put down his sword in Gethsamene when the Romans arrested Jesus, Maybe we should stop hating and attacking each other because of politics.

  47. True Citizen…You are part of the problem. You are overreacting. This is nothing more than a nasty flu and most people recover. A lot of people don’t even know they have it. It is high time to get things moving again. You should be far more concerned about our economy than the virus. If you are so afraid of getting it, YOU stay home and quarantine yourself. I am not going to let fear rule my life. I am still working and go wherever I want or need to. I am very thankful to live in a state where our governor has common sense and has not put us on lockdown. This is far overblown and we need to get back to normal as much as we can

  48. Vasu…It matters not at all if you are muslim or hindu. All that matters is that you belong to Jesus and be free of evil for eternity. NEITHER islam or Hinduism acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God who came to save us from our sins. So you lose either way

  49. I’m familiar enough with the Bible to know,the leftist agenda is impossible, I only hope for the worthiness to witness their utter demise

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