Allow for Churches to Sing in the State of California

Allow for Churches to Sing in the State of California

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Dustin James started this petition to Governor of California Gavin Newsom and

CNN reported on July 3, 2020 that churches are no longer allowed to sing in the state of California to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (CNN Article on California's Ban on Singing (Source of Photo)). But, this order to ban singing is in direct contradiction with the Law of God (the Bible), the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the United States’ Bill of Rights.

God, who is above all governors and principalities, established government (Genesis 9), and placed government officials in power to protect the weak and innocent, to promote what is good, and to punish what is evil (Proverbs 31:9; Romans 12-13; 1 Peter 2:13-17). Seeing as God in the one who has placed them in office, it is clear that God’s law must be the law by which they govern, but specifically, no governor or principality may prohibit people from following the Law of God. This order, in the name of public health, prevents Christians from obeying over 50 commands to sing in the book of Psalms, as well as the commands in the following texts: Isaiah 42:10, Colossians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, and Hebrews 13:15. Seeing as they are New Testament sacrifices according to Christian theology (Hebrews 13:15), this order is directly prohibiting the practice of a worship observance.

But in addition to breaking the law of God, this is in direct violation of articles 2, 7, and 18 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which are as follows:

Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Article 7

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”

Article 18

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

 These rights were agreed upon by the United Nations as a commitment to human rights of all people in every nation. This would include the Christians in the state of California. The order is violating article 2 because the state is not protecting the Christians’ universal rights set forth in this document. It is violating article 7 because the state is not equally protecting the Christians by the law (the United States’ Bill of Rights and the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights). And, it is directly violating article 18 because it does not allow the Christian to “manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” By looking at these articles, it is clear that the state of California’s new order is in direct violation of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights.

And finally, the order to ban singing in churches is in direct violation of the Bill of Rights. Amendment I states “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.” By forbidding churches to sing, even for a short period of time, is in direct violation of this amendment because it is “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Church not only has the obligation to sing according to God’s law, but it also has the legal right to sing according to this amendment.

Seeing as the order for churches to cease singing is in direct violation to God’s law, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the United States’ Bill of Rights, we petition that these three actions be made to right this wrong:

  1.  Repeal the order to cease from singing in churches.
  2.  Instead of ordering, suggest that churches keep singing to a minimum to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  3.  If anyone is fined or arrested for singing in church, he or she must be paid four times the amount fined as restitution for the state of California’s violation of human rights.  
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