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    County Goes After Calvary Chapel San Jose’s Youth Pastor!

    January 20, 2021 

    County Goes After Calvary Chapel San Jose’s Youth Pastor!
    CA Pastors Unite with Attorneys, Hold Courthouse Press Conference
    San Jose, California – January 2O, 2021 – With flagrant fines of over $1 million against the church, the County of Santa Clara continues to individually fine and threaten Lead Pastor Mike McClure, and now his Youth Pastor Carson Atherley, with jailtime!
    What: Press Conference with attorneys, pastors held directly after trial
    When: Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Time: Approximately 4:00 p.m. Church United pastors arrive at 3:00 p.m.
    Where: Superior Court, Old Courthouse, 161 N. 1st Street, San Jose, CA
    Calvary Chapel San Jose Pastors Mike McClure and Pastor Carson Atherley both appeared in court last Friday, January 15, 2021 on charges of contempt of court, facing jail time and fines of up to $30,000 each, for holding indoor church and worship services.  
    At Friday’s trial, Tyler & Bursch and Advocates for Faith & Freedom attorneys were able to prove that it is okay for 25 people to be waiting in a bus station, standing in a bank, or washing clothes in a laundromat, but 25 people doing a Bible study or washing their souls in worship is illegal, even though the sanctuary holds 2,000 people.
    With the completion of cross examination of the County’s witnesses, the Contempt trial will continue Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  
    With appalling fines of over $1 million for the church and possible jail time at stake, Pastor Mike McClure and Carson Atherley will appear before Judge Peter Kirwan to face Contempt charges and tens of thousands of dollars in personal fines.
    Lead counsel Robert Tyler had this to say:  “Sometimes it’s hard to prove the obvious when people have their minds made up in advance. We are praying that this judge will see clearly and reject the County’s aggressive posture toward this church and these pastors. The Supreme Court has already ruled, and this court must follow suit when we continue our hearing on Thursday.”Expert witness, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, is scheduled to testify on behalf of the church. Dr. Jay has been actively researching the COVID-19 epidemic using his expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and health economics. 

    Attorneys will be available for additional comments and interviews by contacting Desaré Ferraro at [email protected], 951-600-2733 (office), or 714-348-0808 (cell/text).
    About Tyler & Bursch, LLP:  Located in Riverside County, California, the lawyers and advisors at Tyler & Bursch have been serving their clients throughout Southern California for over 20 years. Tyler & Bursch, LLP ( provides legal and financial support to the non-profit law firm, Advocates for Faith & Freedom (  Advocates for Faith and Freedom is a national, pro bono law firm that works to protect constitutional and religious liberty in the courts. 
    About Church United: Church United is a religious non-profit organization dedicated to helping pastors and churches respond to cultural issues in their communities.  

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    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith
    1 year ago

    Just remember, the State territory of California* (which has a constitution that violates the US Constitution) asserted churches were non-essential before the 2020 shutdowns!

    • Both its single-party government and the equally insurgent, majority-urban-elite, even-more-powerful unions — all majority Democrat.
    Last edited 1 year ago by Mike Smith
    Marsha R England
    Marsha R England
    1 year ago

    COUNTER SUIT IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS!! the suit against the County should be for MILLIONS..and hopefully all the churches whih have been attcked in this area will UNITE in this suit against the county!!

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