Pastor Rob McCoy turned his church service on Sunday, into a strip club show for a few moments to protest the strict lockdown orders that protect stip clubs from having to shut down, while demanding that Churches do shut down.
Democrat Gavin Newsome had decreed that strip clubs have a right to stay open under his executive orders, but churches do not have the right to stay open.
When McCoy opened Sunday’s service, he said, “I want you to know, what’s about to transpire is Gov. Mike Huckabee’s fault.” He set the scene by playing a clip from Hannity in which Gov. Huckabee said a church could announce that their pastor would remove his tie during the sermon, and since he was taking off an article of clothing, that would make the church a temporary strip club and therefore it would be legal for the parishioners to attend services.
And then, McCoy took it further. He actually danced to striptease music, and not only did he take his tie off, he threw it into the audience – in which some members were holding up dollar bills for their multi-talented pastor.
McCoy was on a Courage Against Tyrants podcast and talked about his motivation for his protest against the Governor.
“I had been the Mayor [of Thousand Oaks] and resigned in May, I love my city and I was up for re-election and people like me. When the Governor shut us down on our holiest days, we opened up and the Press said we were going to kill people, but they noted that our places were clean, and on that night I resigned. The Nation-state of California and in protest against the Governor. I swore an oath to the US Constitution. It was designed so that the government with our consent will not infringe against us. Our founders gave us the first amendment to protect the pulpit. If the pulpits are silent the King has no counselor. While the Governor is forcing these measures on us, he is sitting having a $400.00 dollar with the Health Inspector. And $400.00 is what poor people need to pay their bills. I am in Thousands Oaks. I do live streams every night, and we were ready to be open, and then the Governor changed it,” McCoy said last week.
“I would think that people are more safe at a Church than at a strip club,” former Governor Mike Huckabee told reports on Tuesday talking about the unique Pastor and his message.
Multiple churches in California have sued over the shutdown order and their “nonessential” designation, arguing that shutting down churches violates the First Amendment. Others have continued to hold indoor services despite the shutdown order, including Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County, led by Pastor Rob McCoy – who stepped down from his post as a member of the Thousand Oaks City Council before defying the health officer’s order back in April.
For the people in the back, here’s what the First Amendment says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Strip club owners in the state have also challenged the shutdown order in court, saying that their businesses are “legally protected speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.” On November 12, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered that county to temporarily reopen strip clubs, pending a full hearing at the end of the month, after an initial hearing in a case brought by two strip club owners.
McCoy is a defender of the US Constitution: