WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Christian world entered it’s holiest period, the COVID-19 epidemic entered its expected peak. The conjunction led to over eager local governments banning chucrchgoers from attending Easter services, even if they remained in their cars. Kentucky prohibited such Drive Thru church services, and recorded the license plates of those that attend in contravention of the order.
If this seems like an assault on religious freedom, that’s because it is. Luckily, Attorney General William Barr is assuring that the Department of Justice will take action against orders that violate this core right.
From PJ Media:
“[…] On Saturday, Department of Justice (DOJ) spokeswoman Kerri Kupec announced that Attorney General William Barr would take action to protect churches from tyrannical local government orders that destroy their religious freedom.
“During this sacred week for many Americans, AG Barr is monitoring govt regulation of religious services,” Kupec tweeted. “While social distancing policies are appropriate during this emergency, they must be applied evenhandedly & not single out religious orgs. Expect action from DOJ next week!”
This statement follows a week of legal clashes as Democratic mayors have explicitly banned drive-in church services where parishioners remain apart in their cars with the windows up. Police in the city of Greenville, Miss., have slapped worshipers with $500 fines and mobbed a drive-in service, apparently aiming to prevent attendance.
“One of the police officers said the mayor wanted to make an example of our church,” Temple Baptist Church Pastor Arthur Scott, whose drive-in service was targeted by police handing out $500 fines on Wednesday, told Todd Starnes. “I told them to get some more tickets ready because we will be preaching Sunday morning and Sunday night.” […]”
Some churchgoers in Kentucky reported nails strewn about the parking lots to dissuade worshipers from attending. This is a perfect example of slippery slopes can be, and why constitutionalists are always warning about them. Read more alarming examples of governments discriminating against churchgoers in their social distancing enforcement here.