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Latest New Mexico health order allows churches at 100% capacity

The Legacy Church, a mega-church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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The Legacy Church, a mega-church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SANTA FE, New Mexico -- The state of New Mexico issued a new public health order Friday which allows houses of worship to operate at 100% capacity, ABC affiliate KOAT reports.

According to the order, all churches can operate at full capacity if they wish, regardless of the color-coded risk level their county is in.

This update comes as the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that states cannot enforce capacity limits on churches that are more restrictive than other entities, such as factories or schools.

Still, a spokeswoman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state is “strongly encouraging” these houses of worship to have capacity limits; however, it is in no longer required.

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  1. This is what democrats like Gavin Newsome were willing to do to control Californians:

    California National Guard members say a fighter jet was put on standby for a “possible domestic mission” last year, raising concerns that the military could be used to disperse protesters in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

    Four National Guard sources spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the matter, revealing that commanders were concerned about resistance to stay-at-home orders or chaos due to panic-buying.

    According to the sources, an F-15C fighter was put on alert, which raised concerns among Guard members that the jet could be used to “buzz” crowds — a tactic often used in combat zones to disperse the enemy.

    The orders were allegedly handed down orally or through text messages rather than formally in writing, which made them highly unusual, the sources told the Times. The Guard members described such a tactic as an “inappropriate” use of military force against U.S. citizens.

    “It would have been a completely illegal order that disgraced the military,” one source told the Times. “It could look like we’re threatening civilians.”

    “That’s something that would happen in the Soviet Union,” said a second of the Times’ sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from superiors. “Our military is used to combat foreign aggressors.”

    The California National Guard did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

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