Nuisance Rendered a Bit Less Annoying

Under the headline, “No More Church Bans: CA Gov. Newsom Ordered to Pay $1.35M in Legal Fees for Shutting Down Churches,” an article that Rocco Piserchia forwarded reports, 

This week, a California District Court approved the settlement of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry’s lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, establishing the first state-wide permanent injunction in the country against COVID restrictions on churches and places of worship. …

Under the settlement agreement, discriminatory restrictions on worship and religious gatherings may no longer be applied to churches and places of worship.

The governor must also pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 to reimburse attorney’s fees and costs. Newsom is the first governor in the U.S. to be reprimanded so severely on this issue, being ordered to obey a permanent injunction on behalf of houses of worship. 

Of course, there are two problems with this:

  1. Wanna bet California’s taxpayers, not Nuisance himself, are forking over that $1.3 mill?
  2. The State should never enjoy the power to shut down any business, church or other gathering in the private sphere. To allow it to do so as long as it restricts all businesses and churches equally… Nope. 

Yes, it’s refreshing to see Nuisance slapped down. But freedom’s victory here is a small one. 


7:30 am on May 25, 2021