September 11, 2020

Daniel Darling, Senior VP of Communications





LA Superior Court Temporarily Allows County Ban on Indoor Worship, Restrictions on Outdoor Services

WASHINGTON (NRB) – In a heavy-handed move against Pastor John MacArthur and his congregation at Grace Community Church, the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction Thursday prohibiting them from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship services” and also placing restrictions on outdoor worship.

In response, the following statement was issued by Troy Miller, CEO of NRB, the nation’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, of which MacArthur is a member:

“Churches are essential, and the LA Superior Court failed to recognize that, instead joining the county in its campaign against people of faith who not only have the God-given right to assemble in worship, but the Constitutionally-protected right to freely exercise their religion. The government has no problem with people assembling to protest, giving demonstrators and even rioters free rein. But when it comes to people assembling to worship, restrictions, obstacles, and ultimatums abound. Our churches want to cooperate with the government in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, but our governments need to see them as essential to a flourishing society and treat them fairly as such.”

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