A group of pro-Trump evangelicals gathered at Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, California on Oct. 11 for “Freedom Sunday” to urge churches to reopen in violation of state health orders.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Oct. 1 that California’s health orders banning indoor church services did not discriminate against religious expression, noted the Los Angeles Times.
Pastor Jack Hibbs — who has publicly violated state health orders regarding the coronavirus — opened the event by claiming it is a “federal offense to disrupt a religious service.”
Hibbs said that local, state and federal law enforcement were at the service — which was violating state health orders — and he added: “We love the law.”
Hibbs threatened to have people arrested and jailed if they publicly spoke out during church service (which was illegal). The maskless churchgoers, who were not social distancing, applauded loudly.