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DOJ sides with church busted, cited by cops for having 16 people in 293-seat building

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2020 ( LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is supporting the case of Lighthouse Fellowship, a Protestant community in Chincoteague, Virginia, that was served a summons for holding worship services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As governments eye reopening, churches banned from singing, Communion: Live COVID-19 updates

LifeSite’s previous (and future) live updates on the coronavirus crisis and how it relates to issues our readers care about can be viewed HERE. Knoxville, Tennessee is allowing people to go to church starting today, but its government guidelines specifically declare , “[t]he physical taking of communion/sacrament should not be performed due to the serial breaking of physical distancing across a congregation.”

ReOpenChurch – Liberty Counsel

After weeks of being closed due to the Coronavirus, Liberty Counsel is calling on the churches to open and believers to start meeting again on Sunday, May 3, which is being called ReOpen Church Sunday. May 3 is also the beginning of the National Day of Prayer week, which culminates on Thursday, May 7.

Police Serve Summons to VA Church – Liberty Counsel

Apr 9, 2020 CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VA — Police served a summons to the pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship for holding a church service for 16 people spaced far apart in a sanctuary that seats 293. The charge is violating Virginia Governor Northam’s COVID Order 55 with a penalty up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

VA Governor Northam Sued for Criminalizing Worship – Liberty Counsel

RICHMOND, VA – Pastor Kevin Wilson and Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Ralph Northam for violating their religious freedom by targeting churchgoers on Palm Sunday. Liberty Counsel represents the pastor and church and filed the lawsuit today in federal court.