Louisiana Church Defies Coronavirus Rules by Holding Church Services With Hundreds of People, Pastor Criminally Charged
The Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana held church services packed with hundreds of worshipers on March 29 and 31 in open defiance of coronavirus safety rules.
Demonstrators gathered outside the church on March 31 to protest it for endangering public health with signs such as: “God don’t like stupid.”
Spell told CBS News that 1,265 people went to his church on March 29:
We have a constitutional right to congregate. We will continue.
Pastor Tony Spell, who is facing misdemeanor charges for defying the ban, claimed his church was just as essential as the local Walmart:
We are needy people. Our souls are lost. We need help, and the church is the salvation center of the soul, the sanctuary where we come together and meet.
Spell told WAFB the coronavirus was part of a conspiracy to undermine Christianity:
It’s not a concern. The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says.