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Louisiana Pastor: Distancing Guidelines a 'Persecution of the Faith', Held Service for 1K

Louisiana Pastor: Distancing Guidelines a 'Persecution of the Faith', Held Service for 1K

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:10 PM

A Louisiana pastor continues to ignore social distancing guidelines, holding services for hundreds of his members.

Pastor Tony Spell’s service at Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge drew about 1,000 people, in part by busing people in from across five parishes. A video of the service shows his congregation singing, praying, touching and otherwise worshiping in close proximity, mostly under a tent.

“It is in persecution of the faith for us to be asked to close our doors whenever more people are being contacted in those Targets and Walmarts than are in my service,” Spell said during an appearance on Dr. Phil Thursday.

Spell in interviews earlier this week said he believes the pandemic is “politically motivated.”

Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards in early March issued an emergency order barring gatherings of larger than 50 people to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Edwards on Sunday went even further, asking residents statewide to only leave home for essential needs like food, pharmacy visits or caring for a family member.

He also urged faith leaders to heed the directive, “and not necessarily engage in mass gatherings where this coronavirus can spread.”

In a statement, the White House said, "During this public health crisis, the Trump Administration has been extremely proactive in reaching out to leaders from the faith community, hosting several calls last week with more than 1,200 inter-faith leaders.

"The White House has strongly recommended that all Americans, including pastors, follow CDC guidelines by limiting groups to 10 people and practicing social distancing. President Trump encourages Americans of all religious backgrounds to do their part to stay healthy and stop the spread."

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