Religion is Essential Act Press Conference

  • We are excited California State Senator Brian Jones of Santee has authored the Religion is Essential Act, a bill sponsored by the California Family Council and several other allied organizations to protect the religious liberty of churches and other religious organizations during a state of emergency.

As you know this past year Governor Newcom relegated churches to “second class” status by preventing them from using their facilities during the pandemic, while exempting secular businesses and services from these requirements.

Watch this great interview about the Religion is Essential Act between California Family Council President Jonathan Keller, Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Greg Chafuen, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, and California State Senator Brian Jones.

Here is what SB 397 does:

  • Require that the Governor and local governments treat religious services as an essential service (just like retail) during any declared state of emergency; and
  • Prohibit the state and local governments from discriminating against a religious organization during an emergency; and
  • Require the state and local governments to permit religious services to continue operating during an emergency; and
  • Prohibit the state and local governments from enforcing a health, safety or occupancy requirement that imposes a substantial burden on a religious service during an emergency; and
  • Allow a religious organization that has been subject to state or local government overreach to file a claim for relief in an administrative or judicial proceeding.
  • Read the SB 397 bill text…

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