Kentucky Governor Orders Baptist Church Members to Self-Quarantine: “Failure to Comply…”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, made good on his threat to punish members of a small Baptist church who defied his order banning Easter Sunday gatherings.
Maryville Baptist Church members received a letter today requiring self-quarantine “as a result of parking their cars in the church parking lot on Easter Sunday.”
Kentucky State Police were dispatched to the church and recorded the license plates of every person in attendance.
“You are receiving this letter because your vehicle was documented to have been parked where a mass gathering was held on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Maryville Baptist Church,” the governor wrote in the threatening letter.
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He went on to tell the Christians that they must “restrict movement to home while self-monitoring with public health supervision for 14 days from attending the mass gathering.”
The Christians must sign a document promising to take their temperature daily. They also have to promise not to visit a shopping center or go to work.
Beshear warned that non-compliance could lead to legal troubles.
“Be advised that the Kentucky Department for Public Health has authority granted in KRS 211.180, 214.020, 902 KAR 2:030, 902 KAR 2:050 to require you to implement control measures that are reasonable and necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus in this state,” the governor wrote.
“Failure to abide by these requests may result in additional actions by public health authorities,” he warned.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver accused the governor discriminating against the Christians.
“The intentional targeting of churches and churchgoers is unconstitutional,” Staver said. “The only reason these cars were ticketed is because they were in a church parking lot. Had they parked in the nearby Kroger or Walmart they would not have been targeted.”
“News Flash: The First Amendment does not have a pause button,” said Staver.