Shut Churches Sue State Using Magna Carta

Jul 7, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

Protestant England never enjoyed absolute religious freedom since Henry VIII broke with Rome, a top evangelical leader is conceding, as 25 Christian leaders — including a Catholic theologian — challenge the churches’ lockdown as a breach of the Magna Carta.

Church leaders who have launched a judicial review of the lockdown are contending that the state criminalized Sunday worship for the first time in centuries — despite the government allowing churches to reopen July 4 under strict guidelines.

Churches should never have been shut in the first place and “this is about helping the government to understand the principle of church autonomy and freedom from state control,” Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of Christian Legal Center (CLC), told Church Militant.

Williams, who is leading the challenge, says the judicial review is “also about helping many church leaders to understand the very same thing.”

“Sadly, far too many have been happy to cede too quickly their freedom to the state,” invalidating the historic freedom of the church enshrined in the Magna Carta, she lamented.

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