Strip Clubs Open in California, Churches Still Closed
The year 2020 is something the likes few of us have ever seen or will probably ever see again.
To that very point, a rather odd ruling was issued by a San Diego judge this week that will mandate churches remain closed while strip clubs can open back up.
There are quite a few different ways to look at this, but we are going to try to find the most sensible angle.
First and foremost, forget the fact these clubs are strip clubs and just look at them as a business. To that point, the owners of two of these “businesses” filed suit in October claiming their constitutional rights had been infringed upon.
According to the filing, the public health orders that were put in place by the local government violated the business owners’ rights to due process and equal protection under the law.
Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil seemed to agree, issuing a temporary injunction that will prevent “any government entity or law enforcement officer from enforcing the provisions of the cease-and-desist orders.”
What About Worship?
If one is going to argue a business can remain open due to a violation of constitutional rights, it is hard to argue that churches should be closed. Right?
This case is not so much about the strip clubs as it is preventing American citizens from worshiping their respective God in their preferred House of Worship (something many are making the argument is actually an essential service).
Paul Jonna, special counsel for the conservative legal group Thomas More Society, stated, “If you’re going to accept that argument that dancing nude is protected speech that’s so significant that it overcomes the government’s interest in regulating its citizens with COVID-19 orders, then obviously the divine worship of God, which is expressly mentioned in the First Amendment, should be held to a higher standard.”
He added, “A judge who understands the Constitution will recognize the absurdity of the current state of the law. I think it’s a good sign that judges are starting to question whether the government has a legitimate interest in regulating any business or industry at this point.”
If you take the strip club aspect out of this equation, however, it just seems apparent that there is a definite prejudice against religion when compared to other businesses and/or gathering events.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made this exact point.
He stated, “There is no dispute that the government has a compelling interest in restricting assemblies during times of pandemic, but several states, including Minnesota, California and Nevada, have pursued policies that are inconsistent, incoherent and not neutral toward religious gatherings as opposed to non-religious gatherings.”
There has always been a fear by conservatives that if liberals were given an opportunity in the form of some type of crisis to strip away our freedoms, they would jump all over it.
We have seen this time and again during mass shootings, where Democrats regularly go after the 2nd Amendment and blame the guns when they should be blaming the individuals operating the guns and looking at what led these individuals to snap and decide that shooting dozens of innocent civilians suddenly became a good idea.
Today, we are seeing this with our religious freedom and now Democrats are even talking about coming into our homes to count heads on Thanksgiving and monitoring our shopping to see if we are buying too much food compared to the mandated gathering limits they are now imposing.
Dangerous times, patriots, dangerous times.