Lawsuit Against Cooper for Violation of Religious Liberty

Representative Keith Kidwell
North Carolina House of Representatives
79th District
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2020
For Additional Information Contact
Joy Albright kidwellla@ncleg.net 919-733-5881
Re: Press Conference re Lawsuit against Governor Roy Cooper
Media Advisory


Representative Kidwell will attend a news conference this coming Thursday, May 14, 2020. at
11:00 AM in front of the North Carolina General Assembly located at 16 West Jones Street in
Raleigh, North Carolina, with Return America, where the topic will be a lawsuit being filed on
behalf of hundreds of churches in North Carolina against Governor Roy Cooper. The purpose of this lawsuit is to remind the governor that churches are free to exercise their rights under theNorth Carolina Constitution Article 1, Section 13, and under the United States Constitution in the First Amendment.

Through his executive orders, he has restricted the people’s right to attend
church by limiting attendance to a maximum of no more than ten people per service, and
previously his restriction did not allow any indoor church services. During the same time, he
allowed ABC stores, abortion centers, hardware stores, Wal-Mart stores, vapor shops,
NASCAR, and others to operate at much larger capacities. This is an infringement on the
religious rights of the citizens of North Carolina. The North Carolina Constitution states
explicitly under Religious liberty. “All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship
Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”
This is about as clear as the English language gets. But Governor Cooper has for many weeks
completely disregarded both this and the United States first amendment where it states,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof.”


The governor has been asked by many to stop this unconstitutional order, but he continues to
prevent the churches from opening. At the very least, churches should be afforded the same
amount of freedom given to businesses. It would have been proper for the governor to ask the
churches to increase the number of services and extending to their parish halls, or even
parking lots. But forcing the churches to close has never been done in the entire history of the
United States and should never happen again. The constitutions are by design restrictions on
the government, not the governed.


As a result of his actions, we the people find it necessary to file suit against Governor Roy
Cooper.