Reverend Artur Pawlowski threw the police out of his parish on Good Friday. They returned to his church and he demanded that they meet with his lawyer. The Polish pastor, who grew up under communist Soviet rule, suspects a growing pattern of governmental control disguised as public health care orders enforced by police.
A California judge ruled that the state cannot take any action to prevent strip clubs from “being allowed to provide live adult entertainment.” At the same time, churches in California have been locked in legal struggles for months as churches of different denominations seek to end the limitations on indoor services.
Pastor Mike McClure’s church has racked up some $220,000 in fines from Santa Clara County and is suing the county to contest the fines and to also challenge officials’ right to require the churches to maintain lists of attendees at their services and turn them over to the government whenever demanded.
Los Angeles County sought a court order barring Grace Community Church from holding services, arguing that it was a health threat. A judge ruled that worshipers only needed to wear masks and practice social distancing. [Not much of a victory for truth and liberty, but a step in the right direction.]