Justice Department backs pastor challenging Va. governor's social distancing order

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Published: May 04, 2020
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98% "The city later relaxed its rule.""
97% "Lawyers for the church said that those 16 people were separated by more than six feet in a sanctuary that can seat 225.""
86% "It prohibits all social gatherings of more than ten individuals, secular and religious.""
69% "Over the weekend, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals partly blocked enforcement of a similar order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky.""
66% "Police officers charged Pastor Kevin Wilson with violating the governor's order by allowing 16 people to attend a service on April 5.""
63% "Last month, it opposed a pandemic restriction in Greenville, Mississippi, after police issued tickets to people who stayed in their cars in a parking ..."
61% "WASHINGTON --""
59% "That court said the state court not block worshipers from gathering in a church parking lot to listen to a sermon over a public ..."
57% "But it declined to block the restriction on gatherings inside houses of worship.""

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98% : The city later relaxed its rule.
97% : Lawyers for the church said that those 16 people were separated by more than six feet in a sanctuary that can seat 225.
86% : It prohibits "all social gatherings of more than ten individuals, secular and religious."
69% : Over the weekend, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals partly blocked enforcement of a similar order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky.
66% : Police officers charged Pastor Kevin Wilson with violating the governor's order by allowing 16 people to attend a service on April 5.
63% : Last month, it opposed a pandemic restriction in Greenville, Mississippi, after police issued tickets to people who stayed in their cars in a parking lot , with their windows rolled up, to listen to their pastor deliver a sermon on the radio.
61% : WASHINGTON --
59% : That court said the state court not block worshipers from gathering in a church parking lot to listen to a sermon over a public address system.
57% : While Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's stay-at-home order allows residents to attend religious services, it restricts the number of people who can congregate, while shopping malls, office spaces, law firms and other businesses are allowed to operate with no such limits.
57% : But it declined to block the restriction on gatherings inside houses of worship.
54% : States have broad powers to protect public health, but the courts should step in when they go too far, the government said.
51% : Lighthouse Fellowship Church is asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to take the case and to block the governor's order while considering whether to hear the appeal.
48% : "There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights," DOJ said.
47% : This was the second time during the pandemic that the Justice Department has stepped into a lawsuit in support of a church.
44% : On May 1, a federal judge denied the church's motion for an order to block enforcement of Northam's order against religious gatherings, provided they comply with social distancing and personal hygiene recommendations.
38% : The U.S. Justice Department is siding with a rural Virginia church that sued the state's governor after the pastor was charged with violating a social distancing order. The government filed court papers Sunday in support of Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague on Virginia's eastern shore, which said the state improperly discriminated by insisting that the church permit no more than 10 people to attend services, while allowing businesses to accommodate larger groups.
28% : "The Commonwealth cannot treat religious gatherings less favorably than other similar secular gatherings," the Justice Department said in its submission.
7% : The judge said the state did not single out religious practices for discriminatory treatment.

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