Michael Brown on The Latest News from California (and I Am Not Making This Up)

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Have you heard the latest news regarding the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the potential candidates who will seek to take his place? Before we catch up on that news, let’s first consider some other, recent California developments.

What if I told you at the beginning of 2020 that the Supreme Court would have to weigh in as to whether church members could sing out loud when gathered together for worship? Would you have believed me?

What if I told you at the beginning of 2020 that the Supreme Court would have to weigh in as to whether you could host a Bible study in your home? Would you have believed me?

Crazy Realities in California

As far-fetched as this sounds, this is reality in the state of California, and these are just some of the legal battles that churches have faced in the last 12 months. The restrictions have been draconian, to say the least. (And remember that the prohibition of home Bible studies was in place at the same time that stores were open for business and restaurants were allowed to operate with limited seating capacity.)

In any case, many Californians have reached the breaking point with Gov. Newsom, leading to the vote to recall the governor and hold new elections. As stated succinctly in the Washington Post, “The state is broke — ignore the budget and examine the vast amount of unfunded pension liabilities — and dysfunctional, a captive of massively financed and brass-knuckled public employee unions. Its many woes are ignored or undiagnosed, the result of a nearly nonexistent political press that, when it churns out a story, often cheerfully parrots the Democratic line.” (May I remind you that this was the assessment of the Post, not some rightwing news outlet?)

To add insult to injury, the Associated Press reported on April 12, “California politicians facing recalls would be allowed to see the names of people who sign the petitions to oust them under legislation that cleared its first committee Monday.” Seriously. Does this not infringe on voter privacy?

Who, then, are some of the potential candidates who might seek to replace the governor?

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SOURCE: Stream.org, Michael Brown