As Twitchy has reported, states are handling the coronavirus differently, especially when it comes to Easter Sunday services. On Friday it was reported that Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was going to send police to churches to take down license plate numbers, track down anyone who attended an Easter service, and force them into quarantine for 14 days.
A judge has ruled, though, that On Fire Christian Church in Louisville will be able to hold a drive-in Easter service, and both Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are celebrating the ruling.
Grateful for this strong, eloquent ruling defending Kentuckians’ religious liberty from Judge Justin Walker, @POTUS’s outstanding nominee for the D.C. Circuit. Of course church parking lots cannot be singled out with unfair standards that differ from other establishments. https://t.co/uS0V9lJ2uX
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) April 11, 2020
Thank God for a judge who understands the First Amendment prevents the government from prohibiting the free government exercise of religion.
COVID-19 in Kentucky: Judge grants church's request to hold services https://t.co/FMPfOe9GB0
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2020
A federal judge has rebuked Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s call on churches to forego drive-in services this Easter weekend to slow the spread of the coronavirus, calling the move overly broad and unconstitutional.
“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter,” wrote U.S. District Judge Justin Walker in a temporary restraining order issued Saturday.
On Fire Christian Church, in Louisville, sued Fischer and the city on Friday, arguing the mayor’s direction on drive-in religious services violated Constitutional rights and their religious liberty.
Churchgoers there “face an impossible choice,” the judge wrote: “skip Easter Sunday service, in violation of their sincere religious beliefs, or risk arrest, mandatory quarantine, or some other enforcement action for practicing those sincere religious beliefs.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer still strongly suggested churches not hold services, either in-person or drive-in.
Do people even America anymore? Thank you Judge.
— Amit D Vyas (@ADVYAS) April 11, 2020
Amen. The LORD looks out for His People ??? #MAGA
— The Classless Conservative_Official ???? (@TheClasslessCo) April 11, 2020
— KingMoyer (@KingMoyer) April 11, 2020
Thank God ?? we live in a righteous and just country where we recognize how important our God is
— ?? Robert Brown ?? (@RobertBPatriot) April 11, 2020
Christian Liberty — end of discussion. Law and Order is dependent on it.
— Ali will attend Easter (@ali) April 11, 2020
The 1st Ammendment lives !!
— JDDJ??⛳?? (@irishfiveo) April 11, 2020
I would guess most of the orders now in practice in many states are unconstitutional. We have a right of free assembly. What if a governor ordered our guns collected. Would people just acquiesce?
— Buck m louis (@BuckingmBuck) April 11, 2020
98.8% survival rate… All the sheep are begging for more government control. Glad someone down there has some kind of common sense.
— Bearsfan3333 (@bearsfan3333) April 11, 2020
Any chance we could start a tally of who’s laws are being overturned because they are unconstitutional and put a limit on their powers? It seems the “resist” party has run amok with overturned unconstitutional laws with no consequences.
— Ray Sullivan (@raysull) April 11, 2020
A whole lot of people in the comments are 1) questioning Rand Paul’s qualifications as a doctor, and 2) hoping that Christians pack into churches and infect each other — which is not what they’ll be doing at On Fire. But whatever:
Holding services, or KILLING PEOPLE, are you a REAL MD?
— krupali MD (@krupali) April 11, 2020
I agree. All conservative prosperity-gospel Christians should go to their mega-churches and have much fellowship. Sing and pray loudly, and make sure to exhale on your pew-mates. Hug and kiss. Don’t just shake hands, grasp them with meaning. Thoughts and prayers will protect you!
— John Griffith (@bajakeweenaw) April 11, 2020
Thank you, Jesus! pic.twitter.com/hYH82ydWih
— Bacchanalia (@Bacchanalia20) April 11, 2020
Please pack in there tight, Christians. Make sure to do the handshake/greet thing during the service.
— They Call Me Mrs T (@MikeTango22202) April 11, 2020
If all the religious freaks can just stay away from normal people please.
— Truther Dare (@truther_dare) April 11, 2020
Religion is not ABOVE the law. This will kill people.
— Animal of politics (@PoliticalAnim13) April 11, 2020
how? I'm listening.
— Randy Olson (@bonanzavalley) April 11, 2020
Kentucky’s Dem governor reminds citizens about the punishment that awaits if their license plate is spotted outside Easter church services (or other mass gatherings) https://t.co/mMD25BCBev
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 11, 2020