Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. An amendment to the Constitution of the United States becomes a part of the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution of the United State is the law of the land. That is right, not Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, a governor, a mayor, or anybody is above the Constitution of the United States. So please tell me, from where does a governor or anybody claim to get the authority to authority to limit the right to peaceably assemble.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam criminalized gatherings of more than 10 people, even if they’re attending a religious service.
This Marxist announced Monday that, effective Tuesday at midnight, “all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited” in the state of Virginia. Guidance issued by the governor’s office regarding the order notes that religious institutions are not excluded from this order.
Northam’s announcement is further expanded in Executive Order 53, which placed temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreational and entertainment gatherings, and non-essential retail businesses, as well as closed K-12 schools throughout the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via ‘drive-through’ worship,” the guidance says. “Places of worship that do conduct in-person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban.”
Violation of this order will be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. In Virginia, a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by confinement in jail for up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500, or both.
If the Virginians or any American does not assemble because of an anti-Constitutional or illegal order, they are surrendering their protected liberties.
People will say to us that this is in the best interest of the people of Virginia and the United States. That is absolutely wrong. If a group decides not to assemble for any reason, that is fine. That is their right, but government cannot order it. Today, it is the Chinese virus. Tomorrow it will be because driving to a place to assemble will produce carbon emissions and endanger the planet.
There was a reason we were given the First Amendment and that is protect us, protect us from aspiring despots who place themselves above the Constitution of the United States. That my friends is a crisis.
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