‘Not Asking for Permission’: Hundreds of California Churches Plan to Open May 31

‘Not Asking for Permission’: Hundreds of California Churches Plan to Open May 31

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Faithwire | By Heather Shells, CBN Contributor | May 8, 2020

Nearly 500 California pastors are preparing to open their doors on Sunday, May 31st — whether or not they have guidance from the state. 

“The churches are not asking for permission,” said Bob Tyler, a religious freedom attorney advising the pastors. “The governor is sitting here as a dictator, trumping the Constitution and is kind of hanging on to this state of emergency for as long as he can hold it.”

Tyler says the pastors, including Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Matt Brown of Sandals Church in Riverside, and Danny Carroll of Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, have signed a petition and plan to advise Gov. Gavin Newsom of their plans which include social distancing. 

“We’ll give the governor an opportunity to amend his order,” said Tyler. “If he doesn’t, these pastors have told me that they’re committed to opening regardless of what the governor decides.”

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