Over the weekend and on Monday, liberal media outlets like the Albuquerque Journal, KRQE News 13, and KOAT 7 News all blasted Calvary and Legacy churches in Albuquerque for holding Christmas Eve services to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, allegedly in non-compliance with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s strict 25% capacity limit on churches.
Despite the large churches minding their own business in the practice of worship, that was not good enough for the liberal mainstream media and Gov. Lujan Grisham, who could not stand the thought of free Americans using their First Amendment rights to proclaim the birth of Christ. So, after the press amplified politically motivated liberal voices who claimed the churches were putting health at risk, the Governor’s Health Department slapped the churches with hefty $5,000 fines.
The Department said that in addition to the $5,000 fine, “other remedies against the same conduct” would be taken “as allowed by state statute.”
The Governor’s pompous communications director Tripp Stelicki–who condescended New Mexicans repeatedly–gave a statement to the Albuquerque Journal, mercilessly bashing Legacy and Calvary churches for their “illegal and selfish gatherings,” saying they “will directly contribute to more suffering and illness in our state.”
Here’s what the Journal reported:
Tripp Stelnicki, a spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the parishioners and leaders of the two churches violated both the state’s public health order “and common sense.”
“They endangered the lives livelihoods and health of not only their parishioners but their entire communities — and given how quickly this virus can spread, potentially our state as a whole.”
Stelnicki went on to say that while all New Mexicans wish that the pandemic was over, it clearly is not and no pastor “may deem it so.”
“These church leaders should reflect on the danger they’ve unleashed in their communities,” he said.
The First Amendment comes first for a reason, and the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled in favor of religious institutions and against tyrannical edicts given from on-high by power-hungry tyrants like Lujan Grisham. “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten,” wrote the Court’s conservative majority in one case’s opinion.
Those words must ring true to Calvary and Legacy churches’ leadership now more than ever. Standing up for what is right may not always be easy, but both churches may be surprised at how many patriots from across our great state are willing to stand with them as they go into battle for New Mexicans’ rights.
Legacy Church released a strong statement following criticism, saying, “We have taken the pandemic seriously from the start, and have prudent measures in place. But when governments exceed their constitutional authority and contradict what we are called on by God to do, we answer first to His authority.”
According to Calvary’s chief Pastoral Officer, Neil Oritz, he said that the church “experienced a significant attendance on one of the most celebrated and sacred days of our Christian faith.” In response to the large turnout, the church “chose not to break fellowship with any worshiper by requiring them to leave the gathering of their church family.”
“We do care about people’s physical health, and we take great precautions,” he said. “… At the same time, we believe that people can be responsible adults and make their own choices about their life and health and that of their families.”
If these churches choose not to buckle to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s tyranny, I and many readers of the Piñon Post would be the first people to donate to their legal funds in the fight for our Constitutional freedoms.
Take heed in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight ahead:
“One may well ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”
I urge as many New Mexicans as possible to email Calvary Church with words of encouragement by visiting their online form linked here. Legacy Church can be reached via email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name and phone number when contacting these churches so they may reach you better.
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So the Governor/Dictator is going to make my family criminals for worshipping Almighty God on Christmas Eve?
She needs to be take out of office…..this fine needs to be taken to court and thrown out DO NOT PAY IT…..it is against the first amendment and is unconstitutional…..she has been violating our civil rights and needs to be put in jail for all of it…..she doesn not have any authority over any NM citizens even during this fake virus…..
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Great job legacy and calvary
Grisham is crucifying church leaders and parishioners alike.
How bout committing to their legal defense!
Under Article IV, Sections 1 & 2 of the national Constitution, judicial decisions made in one state, affect all people in other states. Contact your reps and tell them they must per their oath, stop this tyranny asap. These fines are unconstitutional and those issuing fines are also guilty of perjuring their oath. These unlawful “mandates” and “orders” are NOT lawful and are not law. No one is required to follow an unconstitutional law, and no court can lawfully prosecute anyone for this. Legal is not lawful.
Only the legislature can create law, and these laws must be constitutionally compliant or they are null, void and without effect.
No one may be denied their God given rights guaranteed by our founding documents, which include the articles of confederation as well as the declaration, without due process. All public servants have taken an oath and can not perjure their oath, or they invoke the self executing sections 3 and 4 of the 14th amendment. and must step down immediately and forfeit all salaries pensions etc. They can then be sued personally and prosecuted. There is no statute of limitations on fraud. This is the greatest racketeering scheme yet by the medical cartel.
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to GOD. Got that you hypocrite, Ribando? May the lord Jesus bestow his blessings and protection on both those churches and their flocks.
Kudos to Legacy church and Calvary church. If only all other churches would stand up to these communist tyrants people could gather again to worship God. Exactly what communists want to prevent. The first amendment is NOT nullified by fake viruses nor the whims of political despots. We must all stand against these abuses of power and regain our state and country from the clutches of these evil psychopaths.
The comments section in the ABQ Journal for this article are disgusting. Never have I read such
anti religious tripe. These libs and their elitist attitudes make me sick.
I agree completely Mike. These are the ignorant low information democrats that voted for the likes of the beast in Santa Fe and her corrupt ILK, and always do. They’ hate God and Jesus Christ so much that they’ve been given over to strong delusion that they believe the demoncrat lies.
If you want to see even worse comments, check out the ABC News version of the story (that’s right, it went national). Some very godless people posted there. Legacy pastor said last Sunday he’s still happy the publicity is out there; public worship is in such short supply these days.
According to every expert in epidemiology, herd immunity is the only way to make these viruses disappear, so Legacy and other churches are doing all of us a great service. The more people who contract the virus, the more immunity in the general population. Lockdowns do not work.
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My daughter & I are way too small to see in the photo above, but we were in the back right corner. What a wonderful service Legacy had!
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