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By Chris Woodward, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow, May 27, 2020

California’s liberal governor has backtracked over restrictions for church gatherings but added several questionable restrictions, and a religious liberty attorney says the First Amendment has the final say in the matter.

Responding to President Donald Trump’s support for churches to immediately reopen because they are “essential,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (pictured at right) announced draconian rules that include no congregational singing and limiting building capacity to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less.

“At the same time we have shopping malls opening up and down the state packed with people,” says Pacific Justice Institute attorney Brad Dacus, “the governor expects churches to be greatly limited on their ability to function.”

Newsom was no doubt aware that hundreds of congregations are vowing to meet this Sunday, May 31, after witnessing the state government put them in “Stage 3” behind childcare facilities, retail businesses, schools, and manufacturing plants. ….

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