Health Dept. on Easter Services: “If You Have to Ask Permission, Then You Probably Should Not Do It”
State and local authorities across Indiana are bullying churches into canceling Easter Sunday services.
The Lawrence County Health Department posted a message on Facebook stating they do “not recommend any kind of church services at this time.”
They specifically discouraged churches from holding services in a parking lot or drive-in.
“If you ask to ask permission then you probably should not do it,” the health department wrote.
Since when do Christians need to ask permission to hold a church service on American soil?
Meanwhile, in Hammond two leaders of the Church of Christ were cited for celebrating Palm Sunday in defiance of the state’s shelter-in-place order. About 30 people attended the service.
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Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr., boasted about the punishment in a Facebook post.
“The HPD Officers advised the Elders of the Governors Order, & asked if they would disperse the congregation in order to comply with the Shelter in Place directive,” the mayor wrote. “The Church Elders refused, stating their worship was “essential” under the Governor’s Order. The HPD Officers then asked for the Elders’ identification cards & added their info to a citation for violating the Governor’s Shelter in Place Order.”
These are the sort of police-state tactics one would expect to find in East Germany, not the Hoosier State.