Matt Whitaker on DOJ’s warning to California: There is no ‘pandemic exception’ to freedom of religion

Matt Whitaker on DOJ’s warning to California: There is no ‘pandemic exception’ to freedom of religion

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Fox News | Joshua Nelson | May 20, 2020

After the Department of Justice warned California officials about the issue of their coronavirus shutdown order discriminating against churches, former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said on Wednesday that there is “no pandemic exception to the First Amendment or constitutional rights.”

“If people of faith can go to the supermarket or get a tattoo, they can also worship practicing the same type of things they would do in their secular life,” Whitaker told “America’s Newsroom.”

NEWSOM’S CORONAVIRUS EXECUTIVE ORDERS MAY INFRINGE ON CALIFORNIANS’ RIGHTS TO WORSHIP, DOJ ARGUES

In a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, a high-ranking Justice Department (DOJ) official warned that parts of the state’s coronavirus shutdown order may infringe upon religious freedoms in the Golden State.

“Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband wrote.

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