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DOJ sends warning to California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Stop discriminating against churches


'There is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution'

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In a letter Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division warned California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom that his plan to reopen the state discriminates against churches.

The Justice Department argued that the governor's current four-part plan to reopen places an "unfair burden" on religious institutions by delaying in-person gatherings until the third phase, which is after schools, restaurants, businesses, and shopping centers are permitted to reopen in the second phase.

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