Churchgoers Fined by Police for Attending Parking Lot Service in Cars with Windows Closed

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Members of a church in Greenville, Mississippi, were fined $500 for attending a drive-in church service where members sat in their cars, with the windows rolled up, and listened to their pastor give his sermon over the radio.

Temple Baptist Church Pastor Arthur Scott’s sermon is broadcast on a low-power FM frequency radio, and several older members of the church who don’t have internet access have been meeting in the parking lot to listen to their pastor’s message for the last three weeks.

But this last week, Church members were cited and local police forced the church to stop parking lot services after Greenville Mayor Erick Simmons issued an executive order requiring all church buildings to be closed for both in-person and drive-in church services due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Pastor Scott told the Todd Starnes Radio Show he was astonished by the actions of the police department and the mayor’s office. 

“One of the police officers said the mayor wanted to make an example of our church,” the pastor said. “I told them to get some more tickets ready because we will be preaching Sunday morning and Sunday night.”

Longtime church member Lee Gordon told reporters, “There’s 25 cars 200 yards away all in the same place at the Sonic Drive-In,” … “What we’re doing endangers nobody.”

“We’ve done these orders for the safety of our citizens,” Simmons told the Democrat-Times.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of the Temple Baptist Church. The filing challenges Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons’ April 7 executive order that prohibits drive-in church services until a statewide shelter-in-place order is lifted.

“Government is clearly overstepping its authority when it singles out churches for punishment, especially in a ridiculous fashion like this,” said ADF senior counsel Ryan Tucker, director of the ADF Center for Christian Ministries. “In Greenville, you can be in your car at a drive-in restaurant, but you can’t be in your car at a drive-in church service. That’s not only nonsensical, it’s unconstitutional, too.”

In a Facebook post on Friday, Gov. Reeves called for everyone to use sense. 

“If you send police after worshippers trying to social distance, you are going to have Mississippians revolt. I’ve asked all pastors not to hold these services—but we ordered churches safe from these outrageous actions. Don’t trample the Constitution. ‪Please use sense, everybody.”

The Crackdown on Freedom

At what point do we admit that there are a whole lot of freedom-hating tyrants using the coronavirus as an excuse to take control and push their New World Order wet dream?

From Dr. Anthony Fauci suggesting Americans may have to carry certificates of immunity to Bill Gates suggesting the world should not return to normal until mass-vaccinations take place, our civil liberties are being taken from us at an alarming pace.

Here are just a few articles where we document the crackdown on freedom over the last couple of weeks:

Coronavirus Preparedness Resources:

Please check out our article on Media Hysteria, Global Panic, and a Rational Look at the Infection Numbers — Since the very beginning, we have been warning that panic and hysteria were going to do more damage to the public than the actual COVID-19 virus itself!

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