Tampa Bay Sheriff Arrests Christian Pastor For Providing “Non-Essential” Church Services

“[Government] shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (First Amendment – U.S. Constitution)

Setting aside my profound disdain for this action… In the short-term there will likely be those who genuinely believe this is legally defensible as a result of a public health emergency. However, in the long-term two things will happen: (1) over time, and up to the possibility of SCOTUS intervention, the pastor will win any legal case against him; and (2) hopefully people will realize quickly the term “essential service” is arbitrary.

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7 Responses to Tampa Bay Sheriff Arrests Christian Pastor For Providing “Non-Essential” Church Services

  1. SgtBob says:

    I reckon the governor could overrule the sheriff. Or, there might be some office discussion with the sheriff, “How far did you shove your head up before making this decision?” Some people there are who will defend the sheriff because he went after a church, people who want every church permanently closed. The sheriff is wrong.

    • the other other Andrew says:

      Governor de Santis is the one who fired Scott Israel. So any Sheriff who thinks their shit don’t stink, well…

  2. Bert says:

    And I suppose the pastor decided not to pass the plate last week?

  3. Lynn says:

    What makes the church so special that it has to stay open. My wife’s church has been closed for 3 weeks. They have phone conference service on Sunday’s. He could do the same. By the way you can pray to God anywhere.

  4. WestcoastDeplorable says:

    When I heard about this it occurred to me that the sheriff stepped in it. Separation of church and state isn’t anything to mess with.

    • ChuckN says:

      I think you’re confused, according to liberal diktat the state can mess with religion all they want and actively seek to persecute practitioners (well Christians anyway); but religion (again only Christianity) shall never have any bearing upon the state.

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