‘Pro-Life’ Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow is Suing California to Stop COVID-19 Safety Rule That Protects People in Churches
President Donald Trump’s “pro-life” lawyer, Jay Sekulow, and his son, Jordan Sekulow, announced they have filed a lawsuit to stop a COVID-19 rule in California that protects people in churches and other houses of worship.
The Sekulows — whose law firm is paid millions by their own charity the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) — are teaming up with the law form of Tyler & Bursch to stop an order issued by the California Department of Public Health on July 1.
The Sacramento Bee notes the state order warned about the surge in COVID-19 cases and said “places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities” because “activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes the dangers of singing:
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The Sekulow’s ACLJ website did not mention of the science behind the rule, or the CDC warnings, in the lawsuit announcement:
We have just filed a lawsuit challenging the state of California’s ban on singing and chanting activities in places of worship on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, and River of Life Church, in Oroville, California…
This ban violates our plaintiff’s constitutional rights under the First Amendment and Equal Protection clauses of the U. S. Constitution…
We immediately condemned the California governor’s July 1st ban on singing and chanting in places of worship. Banning singing in California churches is an unconstitutional abuse of power. And to do it in the name of a pandemic is despicable. This ban is clearly targeted at religion. It is clearly a violation of the First Amendment and a direct violation of religious liberty.
The Sekulows also claimed that California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s July 13 order says “singing and chanting is only banned in worship service.”
However, California’s COVID-19 website does not state that.