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Harvest Rock Pastor Che Ahn: ‘We need to have some courage, take a stand;’ Six pastors, four attorneys address over 220 on Open California Churches call

Harvest Rock Pastor Che Ahn: ‘We need to have some courage, take a stand;’ Six pastors, four attorneys address over 220 on Open California Churches call

By Michael Hernandez SOLANA BEACH—”We need to be like the Lion of Judah and have some courage and take a stand,” said Pastor Che Ahn, Pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena. “We have a mandate from God. It is a Constitutional right—a First Amendment right to worship and assemble. We need an awakening and […]

BREAKING: LA County’s New Stay-at-Home Order Exempts Churches

BREAKING: LA County’s New Stay-at-Home Order Exempts Churches

Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County issued a new stay-at-home order taking effect today that clearly protects faith-based services from being shut down. The County’s Department of Public Health once again prohibits all public and private gatherings and events with individuals not from the same household and asks all individuals to remain in their homes as […]

NEW DATE AND INFO: You’re Invited to PJI’s 2020 Celebration of Justice!

NEW DATE AND INFO: You’re Invited to PJI’s 2020 Celebration of Justice!

  CELEBRATION OF JUSTICE 2020 Special Event Update   In this season of uncertainty and chaos, it is easy to forget reasons to give thanks and celebrate this past year’s accomplishments and good news. We at Pacific Justice Institute want to give you reasons to celebrate! Due to social distancing mandates and limitations on indoor operations […]

PJI Defends Churches’ Right to Worship Without Charge!

PJI Defends Churches’ Right to Worship Without Charge!

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning indoor church services in thirty counties.  Specifically, the order requires places of worship to “close all indoor operations.”  Prior to that, the governor banned singing in churches.  Permanent church and Christian school closures are increasing. This on-again, off-again response to church openings/protocol from the governor […]

LETTER TO CALIFORNIA CLERGY July 3, 2020 OSHA Prohibition On Singing & Chanting (or “the day the music died”)

LETTER TO CALIFORNIA CLERGY July 3, 2020 OSHA Prohibition On Singing & Chanting (or “the day the music died”)

Dear Faith Leader,  On July 1, 2020, the California division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)2 released a 14-page document entitled COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (OSHA Guidance).3 Although the OSHA Guidance addresses numerous activities in places of worship, this letter focuses on the language which […]

California Town Banishes Christian Church from Downtown Area

California Town Banishes Christian Church from Downtown Area

By THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. The city of Salinas, California, is forcing an evangelical Christian church to sell its downtown property, saying it does not fit in with the new look of the town. New Harvest Christian Fellowship bought the building in early 2018 after its congregation outgrew a space the church had been renting […]

Court: Salinas Can Exclude Churches While Favoring Theaters and Entertainment

Court: Salinas Can Exclude Churches While Favoring Theaters and Entertainment

  Court: City Can Exclude Churches While Favoring Theaters and Entertainment  Salinas, CA – A federal court in the San Francisco Bay Area has determined that churches do not contribute to a vibrant and fun atmosphere and therefore may be excluded from Salinas’ downtown area.   New Harvest Christian Fellowship has rented space along Main Street […]

Two California legal firms advise pastors on how and when to re-open churches

Two California legal firms advise pastors on how and when to re-open churches

    By Michael Hernandez  CHINO HILLS—Senior attorneys for two California legal firms—Tyler and Bursch and the Pacific Justice Institute shared their legal expertise today on a zoom conference hosted by Chino Hills Calvary Pastor Jack Hibbs on “How and When to Re-Open Churches.” “According to Gov. Galvin Newsom, we are in the first phase […]

Pacific Justice Institute attorneys advise pastors on coronavirus gathering bans

Pacific Justice Institute attorneys advise pastors on coronavirus gathering bans

By Michael Hernandez SACRAMENTO, CA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) attorneys are providing church pastors from 20 states legal memorandums on the coronavirus gathering bans (posted on their website: PJI.org) and Brad Dacus, PJI president, committed in a phone conference held Thursday afternoon to create legal memos concerning coronavirus gathering bans for all 50 states if requested […]

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Pastor Involving Drag Queen Story Hour

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Pastor Involving Drag Queen Story Hour

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) just received the order from the Spokane Municipal Court judge dismissing criminal charges against Pastor Afshin Yaghtin.    As previously reported, Pastor Yaghtin went to a public library in Spokane the weekend of Father’s Day to observe a highly publicized event called Drag Queen Story Hour. There was a heavy police […]

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