The news is out: [In the face of a court order and nearly 2 million coronavirus cases in the state, a California church is still planning to host indoor services for Christmas.
The church, Calvary Chapel in San Jose, has been cited multiple times for breaking local health rules that prohibit indoor gatherings, including for religious services. But Pastor Mike McClure has so far refused to pay the fines or shut down his weekly 700-person services.
He’s reportedly said he doesn’t even care if the violations land him in jail.
“I respect the judge and I respect what the law says,” he said in a press conference outside a court hearing earlier this month. “But there’s a bigger law. I have to get told, you follow God or you follow man. I have to follow what God’s word says.”]
Time to revoke the religious tax exemption.