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Santa Clara County has filed a lawsuit against a San Jose church to stop it from holding weekly indoor services that violate the county's coronavirus shutdown orders.

County officials say $350,000 in fines have not stopped Calvary Chapel San Jose from holding services with hundreds of people.

Officials said Friday the county filed for an injunction Tuesday against the church and Pastor Mike McClure.

It says the church has been hosting weekly indoor church services with about 600 people who are not wearing masks or social distancing.

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10 Responses:

  1. Marin Steve says:

    You have to find out what their weekly take is before hitting them with fines. You don't want to hit them with a fine that's no bigger than a day's take.

    • tfb says:

      If there are 600 people who earn $60k each, and they're tithing them, then I think it's about $70k/weak so a $350k fine is hurting, but not that much.

      • jwz says:

        Well it's not hurting them at all because they're not paying it.

        "If you owe me a hundred dollars, you have a problem. If you owe me a million dollars, I have a problem."

        • tfb says:

          Is the church refusing to pay? I can't see the article because I live in Europe.

          • jwz says:

            Yes, they continue to refuse to pay the fines, continue to have large indoor gatherings, and now the county government is taking them to court.

            You may ask yourself, "Why have the police not bolted the doors on this ongoing public health disaster." I'll leave the answer to that as an exercise for the reader.

          • says:

            Just for reference, this is the message you get in Europe:

            Our European visitors are important to us.
            This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area while we work to ensure your data is protected in accordance with applicable EU laws.

            Everyone seems to think that you have to create a pop-up diaglog with the following features:

            • tens of third-party trackers you can enable/disable individually
            • no way to just disable all of them at once
            • a big green button where the OK should be that confirms all trackers and closes the dialog
            • no obvious way to re-open the dialog later

            I understand that the UI design to create something so abysmal would take some work. What they actually could do in approximately 10 seconds:

            • just disable all trackers for everyone in the EU (even better: everyone, period)

  2. Steve Allen says:

    South Bend Indiana, 1918 November 14 in which we find that the police never acted on the Nov. 1 warrant for the arrest of Rev. Kubacki for holding services, they only cited him, and when his day in court arrived the deputy prosecutor moved for the dismissal of the charges. On the same front page we see that the police were more than happy to use crowbars, pickaxes, and hatchets to destroy the saloon of Edward Coffey.
    https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=SBNT19181114.1.1

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