A Church That Endured the Spanish Flu Sues D.C.’s Mayor Over ‘Selective’ Pandemic Persecution

A Church That Endured the Spanish Flu Sues D.C.’s Mayor Over ‘Selective’ Pandemic Persecution

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser walks on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted in enormous bright yellow letters on the street by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

Who’d have believed churches would be at war with the government in 2020?

Actually, probably a lot of you.

And so it goes — amid an illness-inspired 86’ing, houses of worship that wanna gather together and rise to their feet in praise have been told to stuff a sock in it.

Some are calling it a healthy response, but many believers prefer the old ascription of “persecution.”

One such group: Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill Baptist.

Hence, the church is suing the mayor.

Bolstering its stance: a standard of the double variety.

In a filing Tuesday, CHBC claimed the D.C. government has enforced its repeatedly-extended lockdown unequally.

As noted in the suit, over the summer, mass protests violated Washington’s orders. And yet, there were no consequences.

The church points out a real stunner:

“Mayor (Muriel) Bowser attended the mass protest and said to the thousands in attendance, ‘It’s so wonderful to see everyone peacefully protesting, wearing their masks.’”

Would it be just as wonderful if those tens of thousands were all in Sunday School?

It seems the church would like to know.

To be clear, Capitol Hill doesn’t oppose the protests, only the government’s unfair application.

From the suit:

The Church takes no issue with Defendants’ decision to permit these gatherings, which are themselves protected by the First Amendment, and the Church supports this exercise of First Amendment rights. The Church does, however, take exception to Defendants’ decision to favor certain expressive gatherings over others. The First Amendment protects both mass protests and religious worship. But Mayor Bowser, by her own admission, has preferred the former over the latter.

It’s a sizable point.

In a statement, CHBS Pastor Justin Sok relayed the church has never been so shuttered in its 142-year history.

2020’s closure even tops Capitol Hill’s three-week pause during the 1918 Spanish Flu.

And the way Justin sees it, not forsaking the assembling of themselves is important. And irreplaceable:

“Meeting in-person as one congregation is a deeply-held religious conviction for which there is no substitute. Our simple desire is to have a community and one that meets together safely.”

Therefore, congregants want the same rights protestors have been afforded:

“The lawsuit filed Tuesday simply asks that CHBC be permitted to meet in-person, with similar restrictions as area businesses and other gatherings have employed to protect public health. A church is not a building that can be opened and closed. A church is not an event to be watched. A church is a community that gathers regularly and that community should be treated fairly by the District government.”

For the time being, perhaps the church would like to take John MacArthur’s approach:

As for the mayor, it’s not the first time she’s been accused of double dealing.

From The Daily Wire:

Bowser has previously taken flak after what some deemed unfair application of lockdowns, such as when federal lawmakers who crammed into pews at the late Rep. John Lewis’ (D-GA) funeral in Atlanta were exempt from her two-week quarantine edict. Members of Congress were also exempt from the city-wide mask mandate, which required residents to wear masks even outside or risk a $1,000 fine.

Of course, nationally, a double standard’s been evident. In politics, entertainment, and the media, many talking heads hailing a wholesale hiatus have high-fived those in street-packed protest. The virus, it seemed, was only contractible if the reason for convening wasn’t commendable.

And that’s not how the law is supposed to work, much less submicroscopic infectious agents replicating inside the living cells of organisms.

So knows Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Therefore, they’re reasonably addressing Bowser where religion’s concerned.

Not everyone is:

Hopefully, lockdown will soon be a thing of the past. But so long as it is, worshippers in D.C. want the same thing summer protests promoted: equality.

-ALEX

 

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