Another Christian pastor is being charged with crimes for holding church services during the coronavirus lockdown.
Mark Anthony Spell, a Central, La. pastor, is receiving six misdemeanor charges for disobeying Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency shutdown edicts after he held church services this past weekend.
“Over the last two weeks I have worked with the sheriff, state police, the state fire marshal, Reverend Tony Perkins, and others to address this matter outside of legal action. Mr. Spell made his intentions to continue to violate the law clear. Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion,” said Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran, who issued the misdemeanor summons to Spell.
“Mr. Spell will have his day in court where he will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community. This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law,” he added.
Spell has allegedly convened six unlawful church services at his Life Tabernacle Church hosting more individuals at his worship proceedings than what is allowed by the state. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said Spell is receiving a misdemeanor count for every time he allegedly violated the edict. They will not charge everyone who gathered unlawfully at the church but will attempt to make an example of Spell because “encouraged others to violate” the law.
“Without his actions, the others would not come,” Moore said. “Practically, it would be very difficult to charge that number of people even if we were not in the crisis we are in.”
Spell sees his case as being paramount for nationwide fight on behalf of religious liberty against tyrannical government.
“This is a scary time for our nation. Our religious freedoms are under persecution and attack,” Spell said. “This is an attack on all Christians across the world.”
“If this is not about religion, then are the Waltons not being issued summons and arrested for keeping Walmart open?” Spell asked. “Nobody will tell us as God fearing Christians and Americans that we are non-essential in our society.”
He vows to continue holding church services publicly in Louisiana no matter what the consequences from the state turn out to be.
“When you close every door in this city, we’ll close this door and we’ll go underground, but we are going to assemble and congregate as God fearing Christians,” Spell said. “If they are to arrest me and take me out of this congregation, my assistant pastor will step in immediately, when he is arrested, the third man will step in.”
Big League Politics reported yesterday on the other pastor who has been charged with holding illegal church services under new coronavirus edicts:
A Pro-Trump pastor has been arrested for hosting churches services in Florida. This appears to be the first case of this kind under the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne the pastor of The River Church, a mega church in Tampa, Florida for hosting two worship services at his church this past Sunday.
State Attorney Andrew Warren remarked, “I think it’s unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment. One, it’s absolutely clear that emergency orders like this are constitutional and valid. Second of all, leaders from our faith-based community across this country have embraced the importance of social distancing.”
“Because of the reckless disregard of public safety and after repeated requests and warnings, I worked with our state attorney, Andrew Warren, to obtain a warrant for unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules, both of which are second degree misdemeanors,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Our goal here is not to stop anyone from worshiping, but the safety and well-being of our community must always come first.”
Freedom of religion could soon be a lost vestige of the past because of the mass hysteria that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.
EXCLUSIVE: Young Man Harassed by Black Lives Matter for Holding ‘Racism Does Not Exist’ Sign Speaks Out
Justin Nolan is not afraid to stand strong against the mob.
Justin Nolan, 25, has gone viral over social media after carrying a sign proclaiming that ‘Racism Does Not Exist’ and a shirt celebrating White History Month at a contentious rally in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend.
Independent journalist Ford Fischer published video of the protest on Saturday.
Nolan spoke to Big League Politics about what he was trying to accomplish with his stand and how he is holding up under the fire of the digital lynch mob.
“I want to get the truth out there. I want to wake people up from their conditioning, the spell that the word “racism” has put them under. That it’s fake, and that they have been lied to and made to hate,” Nolan told Big League Politics.
“I’ve received hundreds of threats, but none of them are very credible. Many have threatened to beat me up or kill me, but they aren’t near me. They’ve tried to fire me, publish my address and phone number, every single trick in the book to harass and put me in fear. By the grace of God, none of it has worked. I’m still here and I’m not backing down,” he added.
At the actual event, Nolan said that the majority of responses to his sign and his shirt were positive, showing that ordinary Americans are growing sick and tired of the media’s racial division strategy. He only received hate from Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremists at the protest.
“I had multiple people actually appreciate my sign and agree, including an old black woman. There were others who were confused but curious, and asked me questions about it. There were a few who told me it was too bold, that it would send the wrong message. But nobody on the right ever threatened me, or got angry, like the BLM crowd on the street did,” Nolan said.
Nolan explained exactly what he meant by his assertion that “racism does not exist,” a notion that is considered heresy in the modern political landscape dominated by cultural marxism.
“Our battle is spiritual, not physical, and that spirit of hate is the same no matter who the target is or why. But words like racism hide that, by pointing people towards the physical, such as skin color, rather than what lies within. As a result, the “anti-racists” end up falling for the same hatred, because they do not see it, and become just as evil as the people they oppose,” he said.
“The Klansmen who burned crosses in people’s yards held the same hate as the BLM rioters burning down buildings hold today. It is the same spirit. But because they are obsessed with the word racism, they think they are justified and righteous, and they are blind to the hate within themselves. Instead of fighting hate, they only breed more,” Nolan continued.
“The people who obsess over the word “racism” end up falling victim to lies. Like a virus, it infects their minds and makes them see racism everywhere, and blame racism for everything. Any sort of disparity or difference, any sort of inconvenience, any sort of problem, is blamed on racism, rather than the real root causes. As a result, nothing ever gets better, because you can’t solve a problem that does not exist. We need to look past this word and focus on the real issues, rather than getting angry about assumptions we are making,” he added.
Nolan also explained that July is white history month, and he believes the month is exceptionally important considering the attacks on U.S. culture that are regularly happening throughout the country.
“I see so many people taking down monuments and statues of American heroes, including George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant. They want to erase Columbus day from the calendar. Columbus Ohio, where I wore that shirt, literally had their Columbus statue torn down! It is clear that many people hate and resent the history of white men, especially the heroes who founded and built America,” he said.
“I wore this shirt because I wanted to counter that narrative, and show appreciation for the Europeans who created Western civilization, the founders of this great nation, and the hard-working people who helped build it up to where we are today. It is not a show of supremacy, nor a way to minimize the history of others, but instead of sign of celebration, appreciation, and love, for a group that is now hated by so many people. Everybody else has a month, and it’s about time we get one too,” Nolan continued.
“We need to stop treating some people like victims and others like unaware oppressors, and realize that we are all Americans and that we all have our own story and struggle,” Nolan concluded.
With millions seemingly paralyzed by fear, patriotic stands taken by courageous individuals like Nolan against the mob are demonstrating to Americans that it is okay to be proud of their heritage and history.
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