A Virginia pastor has filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for his issuance of executive orders prohibiting religious gatherings with more than 10 people.
The pastor was served a summons for holding a service for 16 people on Palm Sunday, which spurred him to take legal action because he believes that this is a violation of the Virginia Constitution.
Liberty Counsel is representing Pastor Kevin Wilson and Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island and filed the lawsuit on April 25, 2020 against Northam, whose COVID Order 55 establishes a penalty of up to a year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
Police served a summons to Wilson for conducting a church service on April 5 for 16 people that were socially distanced in a sanctuary that has a general capacity of 293 people, Liberty Counsel pointed out in a statement.
A police officer “abruptly” entered the church without identifying himself and told the congregation “they could not have more than 10 people spaced six feet apart,” the law firm recounted.
“Then, after the service, two police officers entered the church in full mask and gloves and asked to speak with the pastor. They issued him a summons and informed him that if he had service on Easter, all attending would get the same summons.”
Liberty Counsel claimed that the parking lots of various commercial establishments were filled with hundreds of cars on April 23. “Yet, Gov. Northam criminalizes religious worship that exceeds 10 people.”
“Governor Ralph Northam has clearly discriminated against Lighthouse Fellowship Church which provides essential physical, emotional and spiritual services to the community,” The law firm’s chair, Mat Staver, declared. “This church does not have internet and cannot flip a switch to broadcast online.”
Staver was of the opinion that Wilson prioritized the health of the 16 people that attended on Palm Sunday by requiring them to abide by strict social distancing standards. “But because the church had six more people than the 10 allowed by the governor, the pastor is being criminally charged. We must balance the First Amendment with protecting the health and welfare of people but picking an arbitrary number of 10 people for every church is not the answer,” he stated.
Citing the decision in W. Va. State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, Liberty Counsel noted that the Supreme Court resoundingly stated, “[i]f there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
“My kids said to me a couple of years ago as we saw another brand fall because of donations that went against our family principles, they said, ‘Mom you are going to have to start sewing,’” D’Addesi recounted.
We live in truly bizarre times when criminals get preferential treatment, while peaceful individuals assembling in places of worship get stomped on by the state.
Anarcho-tyranny at its finest.
The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters
Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.
Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters.
Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits.
He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.
The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:
Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…
By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.
For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats.
Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another.
In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election.
Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.
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