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Title: Chicago Mayor Launches Police Raid to Shut Down Black Church’s Sunday Services
Source: Breitbart
URL Source: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/ ... e-raid-shut-down-black-church/
Published: May 24, 2020
Author: Warner Todd Huston
Post Date: 2020-05-25 23:48:04 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 121
Comments: 11

Breitbart – by Warner Todd Huston

On Sunday, Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, Lori Lightfoot, mounted a raid on a black South Side church for holding services in defiance of her coronavirus lockdown orders.

Lightfoot reportedly sent three marked squad cars and two unmarked cars full of officers to the Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Woodlawn is just south of Hyde Park, the area in which the Obamas lived for a short time before Barack became president.

https://twitter.com/cujo_14/status/1264667471933562881

The pastor of the mostly black congregation, Courtney Lewis, reportedly shut and locked the doors and refused to allow the officers to gain entry to the building, Todd Starnes reported.

Pastor Lewis told Starnes that he felt like he was confronting “the Soviet-style KGB” as the officers pounded on his doors and demanded entry to shut the church down.

“Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” Lewis said.

A sentry that is usually posted outside the sanctuary to monitor the street during service also reported seeing occupants of a dark car with tinted windows filming the incident through one opened window.

“All we are seeking is the same consideration and trust that is being tendered toward the liquor stores, abortion clinics, and Walmart,” Lewis told Starnes.

Lewis is also seeking help from U.S. Attorney John Lausch. “We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible, but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God, I, as a pastor, have a duty to follow the laws of God,” Lewis wrote in a recent letter to Lausch. “We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully, but we are requesting the assistance of our president and our Justice Department in correcting this grave miscarriage of the law.”

Lightfoot, Chicago’s Mayor since May of last year, has been targeting the city’s churches for several weeks as houses of worship have begun balking at her draconian lockdown orders.

Late last week, Lightfoot excoriated the city’s churches, saying that their desire to re-open is “dangerous and foolish.”

Also last week, the city began fining churches that Lightfoot thinks are violating her coronavirus lockdown orders. After some churches started holding services on the second weekend of May, fines were handed out to churches, including Philadelphia Romanian Church of God, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, Metro Praise International, and others.

Law service Liberty Counsel reported on May 23 that Elim Pentecostal Church and other Romanian churches in the city received letters from the Chicago Department of Public Health, invoking emergency orders and deeming churches a danger to society.

The letters also invoked “summary abatement,” which gives the city the power to forcibly enter properties without a judge’s orders and impose the mayor’s will on occupants.

On Friday, President Donald Trump updated federal guidelines for re-opening the economy and added that churches are essential institutions and should be allowed to re-open without government opposition.

“Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said on Friday, announcing the release of new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

A similar flurry of harsh orders has come from the state’s governor, as well. Illinois’s recently elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker, heir to the billion-dollar Hyatt Hotel chain, continues to maintain that Illinois must remain on near-total lockdown as a measure to stave off the coronavirus.

Pritzker, who has instituted the most draconian lockdown in the country, recently decreed that churches must not allow more than 50 worshippers inside at a time, “until there is a vaccine” for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Pritzker took criticism for demanding that everyone stay at home even as he allowed his wife to fly off to their Florida estate where lockdowns are not as strict. He was also caught ordering construction crews from Illinois to travel to Wisconsin to work on his property there despite those strict stay-at-home orders he was doling out to his constituents.

But Pritzker is facing mounting pressure to roll back his authoritarian coronavirus policies. Last Wednesday, the governor succumbed to pressure to cancel his order to criminally charge businesses that opened their doors in defiance of his coronavirus orders.

Illinoisans are becoming increasingly restive under Pritzker’s rule. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the state’s coronavirus decrees, and many county governments are shying away from the lockdowns. A growing number of county sheriffs and board members are refusing to enforce the governor’s orders.

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Meanwhile, Pritzker took criticism for demanding that everyone stay at home even as he allowed his wife to fly off to their Florida estate where lockdowns are not as strict. He was also caught ordering construction crews from Illinois to travel to Wisconsin to work on his property there despite those strict stay-at-home orders he was doling out to his constituents.

Eff these elitist Nazi douchebags.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I went to church services on Sunday inside the structure. We even had a married couple from a different denomination join us because their church was closed.

We did this social distancing nonsense and all. It was nice even though that old lady who thinks she's a singer and belts out her hymns which kill my ear drums is okay. She's nosy too.

Afterwards, I accepted the preacher's invite to join him and his family for lunch. There were six of us and the meal was divine. It was a beautiful day.

People need people and don't watch the news unless you want to put a gun to your head. Yes, suicides are up.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-26   0:12:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

Hey Fred, glad you are doing well.

What did you think of those guys hanging Beshear in effigy ?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2020-05-26   10:03:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Stoner (#2)

Freedom of speech is good with me.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-26   10:41:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

I accepted the preacher's invite to join him and his family for lunch. It was a beautiful day.

Did you get a sense that the preacher understood the "pandemic" beyond what he hears from the MSM?

I haven't been to church in years and hardly know any Christians these days. The one couple I keep in touch with have been mentioning "conspiracy theories" in our recent conversations, whereas before...not so much.

Glad you had a good day with those Christians. I'll bet the preacher and his family greatly enjoyed your visit, as well, and are still talking about you, Fred;)

that old lady who thinks she's a singer and belts out her hymns

Reminders me of a hymn...

Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heav'nly King may speak their joys abroad.

watchman  posted on  2020-05-26   11:36:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Fred Mertz (#3)

Me too !

I saw a petition to impeach Beshear. Saw it today. But that seems to be a futile effort, as I believe the legislature is not in session. I think they only convene every two years. And only the governor can call them back into session. And not likely he would call them back so they could impeach him, or other wise oppose him.

Seems only opposition to Beshear is the republican AG.

Will see how that goes.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2020-05-26   12:01:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: watchman (#4)

Glad you had a good day with those Christians. I'll bet the preacher and his family greatly enjoyed your visit, as well, and are still talking about you, Fred;)

One of their parents is having a revival on the other side of the river in Floyds Knobs next week. It will be under a tent at 7 p.m.

I said, "7 p.m.? That's after happy hour."

We have a mutual affection and I think they are trying to save my soul. I love their 3 kids ages 8, 5 and 2. They help to keep me young.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-26   12:04:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Fred Mertz (#6)

I think they are trying to save my soul

Well...what's preventing you?

Time, one way or the other, is running out.

Get it settled today. (Don't wait for that revival meeting)

Today, sir!

Will you accept Christ?

watchman  posted on  2020-05-26   13:46:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: watchman (#7)

I do and I have since Baptism.

Not sure about all of the human interpretations of the bible.

If I miss church is it a sin? If I dance with a woman is it a sin? If I have a cigarette is it a sin? If I have a beer is it a sin? I know drinking cheap whiskey is a sin so I prefer fine bourbon. Stuff like this conflicts me a bit.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-26   16:09:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Fred Mertz (#8)

None of those are sins.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2020-05-26   19:35:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: jeremiad (#9)

Thank you Monsignor Jeremiad!

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-26   23:25:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Fred Mertz (#8)

Stuff like this conflicts me a bit.

None of us are perfect, Fred.

Not even the Apostle Paul, who claimed to be "the chief of sinners".

There are no laws as such in the New Testament. We live by the Law of the Spirit of Life!

God's Spirit reminds us what is right and wrong, and won't let us live in peace while we do the wrong stuff.

watchman  posted on  2020-05-27   6:55:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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