JAIL OR FINE? California Pastor Held in Contempt of Court

A superior court judge in Ventura County, California agreed to hold Pastor Rob McCoy in contempt of court.

McCoy, the pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel Church, violated a restraining order that barred him from holding an indoor worship service. I warned this sort of behavior could happen in my latest book, “Culture Jihad.” Click here to read the book. 

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The pastor has been ordered to appear before the judge on Friday.

Ventura County officials also asked Judge Vincent O’Neill to authorize and direct the sheriff to take all reasonable and necessary action to close the church property.

The judge denied their request.

Pastor Rob McCoy has expressed the church’s belief that neither the state or county has any business prohibiting indoor worship services based on irrational fear of COVID-19.

Ventura County also admitted they had dispatched a number of agents to the church property last Sunday to spy on the congregation.

Tyler & Bursch, the law firm representing the church, said two county officials signed declarations upon which the County based its argument stating they conducted surveillance from their car in the parking lot for approximately 6 1/2 hours.

The Director of Code Compliance said, “At one point while we were parked in the parking lot on the Property, a woman approached from the driver side of our car and asked if we had ‘signed the Newsom recall petition yet.’ She approached numerous other individuals in the parking lot with the same request; she was not wearing a mask or face covering.”

A Senior Code Compliance officer said, “Throughout my time observing the people in the parking lot and sidewalk areas on the Property, I saw no obvious attempts at social distancing and behavior and comments overheard suggested that many were friends, rather than household members. Many people were seen hugging and shaking hands, and standing in close groups talking together for extended periods of time.”

“I never thought I would see the day where local officials give testimony in the American court system that has the ring of a communist inquisition more than a fair judicial process where the defendant is allowed to prepare and present his evidence,” attorney Robert Tyler said. “We believe that basic principles of due process requires a trial on evidence before a single Governor can suspend constitutional liberties for such an extended period of time.”

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