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Kevin Wilson, a Pastor with The Lighthouse Fellowship Church received a visit from police threatening him with jail time or a $2500 fine for holding an in person service on Palm Sunday.
The Church which has a capacity of 293 people, held an in person service for only 16 people making sure they were adhering to social distancing guidelines.
The Police issued a summons to Pastor Wilson saying that he violated the Virginia Constitution by breaking social distancing orders from the governor
“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,”
– Department of Justice
The founder of Liberty Counsel, Mat Staver who is representing Pastor Wilson said that the summons violated First Amendment Rights
The Lighthouse Fellowship Church is one of many Churches that have been told they need to cancel all in person services and switch to online services. Multiple Churches have been issued citations for exercising their First Amendment Right.
Hopefully the decision from the DOJ for Lighthouse Fellowship Church will set a precedence for other churches across the country
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