There’s been a stunning development in a years-long lawsuit between Calvary Chapel in San Jose and Santa Clara County. The church is facing more than $1.2 million on fines for violating China Virus restrictions.
Pastor Mike McClure says they recently discovered that the county had been secretly spying on church members – alleging they conducted unconstitutional surveillance and tracked its members on church property using their cell phones.
“This operation took place over a year with seemingly no oversight, boundaries, or limitations – meaning the Defendants could track churchgoers in the sanctuary, prayer room, or bathroom,” the complaint reads.
Advocates for Faith and Freedom filed a federal lawsuit against the government for its gross violation of rights against the California Christians.
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“This type of expansive geofencing operation is not only an invasion of privacy, but represents a terrifying precedent if allowed to go unaddressed: as it stands, the Defendants are effectively arguing that, as long as they call it research, any level of government can target and spy on any individual or group at any time for any duration, and, if they so choose, they can wield the collected data against said individuals or groups who oppose their orders. This is not just un-American; it is downright Orwellian,” the lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, the county failed to obtain a warrant when they decided to geofence church members – a practice normally used for tracking criminals.
As the pastor rightly asserted – they are standing up for not just the rights of the church but also the rights of religious people across the nation.
“A March report on Substack from journalist David Zweig cited court documents to state a surveillance operation of the church is alleged to have begun in August 2020 and included ‘stakeouts, forced in-person monitoring of prayer groups and other intimate activities’ and tracking ‘the cellular mobility data of churchgoers,'” Christian post reported.
Calvary Chapel Magazine said the attack on the church was “one of the most notable examples of excess government overreach and persecution toward the Christian church in America.”
Big Brother is watching you, Christians.