Now That’s Defiance! Church Protests California Singing ban with Worship Session at City Hall

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(Mercury News) The 400-member church churchgoers hadnt gathered in person in five months.Conceding to California constraints that closed churches early in the COVID19-pandemic and later badly restricted presence inside, worshipers have been collecting on Zoom and FaceTime due to the fact that, as they stated, “God is all over.”

But when Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed another restriction on spiritual services– no singing enabled inside– Victory Outreach San Jose had had enough.” To say you cant sing, thats the time-out,” said Victory Outreach Pastor Joe Woolwine. “For us, its not singing, its praise.”

On Sunday, in an act of both demonstration and togetherness, several hundred members of Victory Outreach and other Christian parishes collected at San Jose City Hall plaza and– with the home jazz band using the steps– sang out.

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Spreading and using masks out six feet apart, a vibrant group swayed, sang and clapped “in the name of Jesus, opponent defeated, we will yell it out.” In late May, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a claim by a church in Chula Vista that the limitations on religious gatherings were unconstitutional. On July 16, churches in Fort Bragg, Ukiah and Oroville submitted a federal claim claiming their First Amendment rights were also breached and made the case that while Gov. Gavin Newsom has safeguarded protesters flexibility of speech, he hadnt provided the same security to church members.

In the middle of Sundays singing service at City Hall– brimming with a 10-member choir and rumbling testimonials– Vince Strangis made a similar.