The pastor of a black church on the southside of Chicago is urging U.S. Attorney John Lausch to intervene after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent armed police officers to his church on Sunday to shut down services which were attended by 45 people.
“Mayor Lightfoot today sent armed police officers to our small church (45 attendees today) to shut our services down today. They came with 3 squad cars two unmarked Durango’s and a Mayor representative’s car. Like the Soviet styled KGB they knocked on our locked doors; the only thing she hasn’t done ‘yet’ is beat the doors down and arrest our members,” Courtney Lewis, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Chicago, wrote in a letter to Lausch on Sunday.
“Thankfully our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” Lewis wrote. “Mayor Lightfoot is defiant of the US Constitution and our freedom to worship.”
He said the mayor has “a history of defying the law,” adding that Lightfoot “is one of few former US Prosecutors in the US to be censured by the 7th Circuit Judge Rovner and the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for defying their order.”
Lewis said his church “has gone out of its way to follow CDC Guidelines” by “having online services, outdoor services, and practicing all social distancing requirements.”
“We are even taking members temperatures on the way in our church doors. We are not allowing our elderly to attend services. We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God I as a Pastor have a duty to follow the laws of God,” the pastor wrote.
“We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully but we are requesting the assistance of our President and our justice department in correcting the grave miscarriage of the law,” Lewis added.
The church reopened its doors on May 17 and posted information on its website for congregants to know what to expect when they attend.
According to the church’s website, churchgoers would be required to wear a mask in order to be allowed entry. The elderly and at risk members are being urged to stay home.
Temperatures will be taken at the door, and no one with a temperature over 100 degrees will be allowed in, the church noted. People will be seated by ushers “from front to back, alternating pews and maintaining distance between family units.”
According to the church’s website:
These 3 questions will be asked at the entrance. If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please do not come:
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell?
Have you been in contact with anyone exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
Have you had a fever of greater than 100 degrees in the past 48 hours?
As CNSNews.com previously reported, President Donald Trump on Friday deemed houses of worship as essential and called on governors to allow them to open, adding that he would override the governors if necessary.
Lightfoot responded to the president’s remarks calling them “dangerous and foolish,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“The faith leaders that I’ve talked to across the city recognize that they have to be smart about this, they’re worried about their parishioners, and we get that,” Lightfoot said at a press conference announcing plans for the city to “cautiously reopen” parts of its economy.
“We are not going to rush to do something, so he can fulfill a campaign promise that sets people’s lives at risk. … He’s said so many dangerous and foolish things — add this to the list,” she said.
(h/t) Todd Starnes Radio Show