COVID-Denying Pastor John MacArthur Has Coronavirus Outbreak in His Los Angeles Area Church
COVID-19 denier Pastor John MacArthur — who announced “there is no pandemic” on Aug. 30 — now has a coronavirus outbreak in his Los Angeles area megachurch, which has an estimated attendance of 7,000.
While placing his church at risk of being infected by COVID-19, MacArthur also attacked other churches for following basic science and safety guidelines.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says that Grace Community Church has seen three confirmed cases, notes the Los Angeles Times:
In early September, an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that the church must stop holding indoor worship services and also must require congregants to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing practices when worshiping outdoors.
The church has refused to follow that ruling, and county attorneys have asked a judge to hold the church in contempt. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 13.
MacArthur said in some church members had COVID-19 in April, but then claimed in August that no one from his church had been infected.
MacArthur told his congregation on Aug. 16 that God made it hot in Los Angeles so that people would come inside his church without masks.
MacArthur received a standing ovation in his church on Sept. 13 for defying a court order and the Los Angeles Public Department of Health to stop holding indoor church services without social distancing or masks.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)