The Department of Justice is supporting a Virginia church’s lawsuit against the state, after police threatened the church’s pastor over a planned 16-person Palm Sunday service with a potential $2,500 fine or jail time should be refuse to cancel the gathering.
Pastor Kevin Wilson of Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island had planned a service with no more than 16 people, who would be socially distanced in a church sanctuary with a capacity of 293 people. Law enforcement claimed he would be violating the state constitution by disobeying Governor Ralph Northam’s state of emergency declaration.
Legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel would later go on to represent Pastor Wilson in his lawsuit against Northam and the commonwealth, claiming Northan violated the First Amendment rights of the pastor by shutting down the regulated church service.
The DOJ panned Virginia for its onerous and draconian social distancing restriction enforcement in case statement obtained by Fox News.
“The Commonwealth of Virginia has offered no good reason for refusing to trust congregants who promise to use care in worship in the same way it trusts accountants, lawyers, and other workers to do the same.”
Attorney General William Barr has blasted what he sees as excessive social distancing restrictions in previous weeks, warning that the DOJ would litigate against states that go overboard.
Virginia public health officials have even gone so far as to suggest certain restrictions on the public could persist for two years due to coronavirus, remaining in place until scientists develop a completely hypothetical vaccine.
Portland: Archbishop Leads Prayer and Conducts Exorcism to Rid the City of Satanic Influence
The devil has been busy in Portland over the past few months.
Archbishop of Portland Alexander Sample led a gathering in prayer, a Rosary, and conducted an exorcism over the city last Saturday.
The Catholic archbishop told KOIN that the months of continuous rioting and violence spurred the idea of the exorcism.
Sample further said: “I wasn’t trying to suggest that I think the city of Portland is possessed. It’s not that at all. It’s just a prayer of blessing prayed by the clergy, especially a bishop over a community just asking that all the influences of the Evil One be driven away.”
At one point there were over 100 straight nights of rioting in the city of Portland. Aaron Danielson, a conservative and supporter of Patriot Prayer, was murdered in cold blood on August 29 near a pro-Trump rally. Numerous others, including police officers, were injured amidst the 100+ days of carnage.
Attendees of the archbishop’s prayers and exorcism spoke to Catholic News Service, with one saying that the “anti-religion undertones” of the protests and riots frightened her, and another that “it’s important for people of faith to be seen in public promoting belief and peace.”
As a Catholic myself, I understand the power of prayer and exorcism. They represent two of the most powerful weapons against the devil and his minions. I’m glad to see the archbishop do this for his city.
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