Megachurch Pastor — Who Says There is No COVID-19 Pandemic — Makes Church Volunteers Sign Waivers So They Can’t Sue If They Get COVID-19
Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California, announced there was “no pandemic” in August and has been holding indoor church services — without masks or social distancing — in defiance of a court order and orders from the Los Angeles Public Department of Health.
However, MacArthur has been quietly requiring church volunteers to sign a liability waiver to protect the church from lawsuits in case someone gets sick from COVID-19, reports Christian psychologist Warren Throckmorton:
I acknowledge that participation in Activities, use of the Church and any services provided by the Church subjects me to the following risks, among others: accidents which cannot be foreseen and personal injury, including but not limited to death or sickness from contracting the Coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID‑19”), the infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
I understand and acknowledge that:
A. The above list of risks is not inclusive of all the possible risks to which I will be subject in participating in Activities and using the Church and that the list in no way limits the extent or reach of this Waiver of Liability and Covenant Not to Sue (this “Agreement”) or any provision of this Agreement.
B. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any place where people are present.
C. While wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose while in the Church is not required, I assume additional risks of possible injury and death by not wearing a mask. I understand that I may request a mask from the Church and the Church will provide one for my use. I have been encouraged to use a mask at all times when engaging in Activities at the Church. I understand that masks may reduce or mitigate the above risks, but are in no way a guarantee of safety. I further recognize that masks have limited capability as far as prevention of infection from contracting COVID-19.
(Source: Warren Throckmorton)