Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1,000 people to services -- "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated"

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A politically motivated virus.

An online petition calling for Spell to be arrested and prosecuted has more than 4,000 signatures. The petition claims 1,800 people attended Spell's service on Sunday.
Louisiana has 1,795 cases, adding 407 cases and 19 deaths in 24 houea, a total of 65 deaths. To the west, Texas with a much larger area and population has 1,155 total cases, adding 132 in the last 24 hours along with 3 deaths for a total of 15 deaths.

Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1,000 people to services
"The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," Tony Spell said. "We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."
A Louisiana pastor is apparently defying the governor's order against gatherings of more than 50 people by hosting over 1,000 churchgoers at a service Sunday and bringing together hundreds at another service Tuesday, according to the pastor and local media.
The pastor, Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, said he does not believe his congregation is at risk of getting COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, according to CBS affiliate WAFB.​
"It’s not a concern," Spell told the outlet. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."​
Spell said 1,170 attended his service Sunday, according to WAFB.​
"We have 27 buses on Sundays picking up people in a five-parish area," he said.​
Spell also told the outlet that police showed up at the church after the service Tuesday night and informed him the National Guard would break up any future gatherings that exceed 50 people.​
But a National Guard spokesman in Baton Rouge told NBC News on Wednesday it is not involved in the matter and has no role in enforcing social distancing requirements as set by Gov. John Bel Edwards.​
...An online petition calling for Spell to be arrested and prosecuted has more than 4,000 signatures. The petition claims 1,800 people attended Spell's service on Sunday.​
The petition says the pastor should be "charged with 1800 counts of reckless endangerment for a start, for the countless lives he will be brutalizing and even ending with his selfishness and ignorance."​

 
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If the enforcement calls for fine or potential prison time, as it is in Wisconsin, he along w his entire congregation should face penalty just like anyone else.
 
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A politically motivated virus.

An online petition calling for Spell to be arrested and prosecuted has more than 4,000 signatures. The petition claims 1,800 people attended Spell's service on Sunday.
Louisiana has 1,795 cases, adding 407 cases and 19 deaths in 24 houea, a total of 65 deaths. To the west, Texas with a much larger area and population has 1,155 total cases, adding 132 in the last 24 hours along with 3 deaths for a total of 15 deaths.

Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1,000 people to services
"The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," Tony Spell said. "We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."
A Louisiana pastor is apparently defying the governor's order against gatherings of more than 50 people by hosting over 1,000 churchgoers at a service Sunday and bringing together hundreds at another service Tuesday, according to the pastor and local media.
The pastor, Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, said he does not believe his congregation is at risk of getting COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, according to CBS affiliate WAFB.​
"It’s not a concern," Spell told the outlet. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."​
Spell said 1,170 attended his service Sunday, according to WAFB.​
"We have 27 buses on Sundays picking up people in a five-parish area," he said.​
Spell also told the outlet that police showed up at the church after the service Tuesday night and informed him the National Guard would break up any future gatherings that exceed 50 people.​
But a National Guard spokesman in Baton Rouge told NBC News on Wednesday it is not involved in the matter and has no role in enforcing social distancing requirements as set by Gov. John Bel Edwards.​
...An online petition calling for Spell to be arrested and prosecuted has more than 4,000 signatures. The petition claims 1,800 people attended Spell's service on Sunday.​
The petition says the pastor should be "charged with 1800 counts of reckless endangerment for a start, for the countless lives he will be brutalizing and even ending with his selfishness and ignorance."​

It would be wonderful if they all got sick so that they would know the error of their ways. That would be a good example to the rest of the country and to the dummy in the White House. We should know how it turns out in another week or so.
 

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Well, one thing is for sure, a lot of dumb people are gonna die.
Yes, but included along with these will be a lot of people that got infected because a lot of liberal college students on spring break wanted to mock the lockdown with their antics by defying guidelines and gathering amassed at beaches in California and Florida.

Young people think they are bulletproof, and the religious zealots think GOD will protect if they believe strongly enough and ignore logic and wisdom, but in reality God shuns all those that refuse to help themselves by being intentional idiots.
 

imaginethat

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Yes, but included along with these will be a lot of people that got infected because a lot of liberal college students on spring break wanted to mock the lockdown with their antics by defying guidelines and gathering amassed at beaches in California and Florida.

Young people think they are bulletproof, and the religious zealots think GOD will protect if they believe strongly enough and ignore logic and wisdom, but in reality God shuns all those that refuse to help themselves by being intentional idiots.
I agree, though I'll point out that the young people do have an excuse.

They're young.
 
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If the enforcement calls for fine or potential prison time, as it is in Wisconsin, he along w his entire congregation should face penalty just like anyone else.
UDub I don't think I've talked to you before so hi.
I'm just wondering if it makes sense to punish people for gathering together by sending them to a crowded prison?
Isn't that like banning suicide with the death penalty as punishment?
 

imaginethat

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UDub I don't think I've talked to you before so hi.
I'm just wondering if it makes sense to punish people for gathering together by sending them to a crowded prison?
Isn't that like banning suicide with the death penalty as punishment?
Here, have some popcorn while we wait.....

 
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UDub I don't think I've talked to you before so hi.
I'm just wondering if it makes sense to punish people for gathering together by sending them to a crowded prison?
Isn't that like banning suicide with the death penalty as punishment?
Other countries are imposing prison sentences and heavy fines on people who don't comply with the new rules. Of course in the States they are releasing people from jails because of the virus. Heck, a mob stoned a man to death at a beach in Kenya because they thought he had the virus because of his coughing.
 
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