Monday, April 13, 2020

Suit Challenges City's Ban On Drive-In Church Services

On Friday, a church in Greenville, Mississippi filed suit in federal district court challenging the city's COVID-19 closure order insofar as it bans drive-in church services held on church property where the service is broadcast over low-power FM radio to individuals sitting in their cars. The complaint (full text) in Temple Baptist Church v. City of Greenville, (ND MS, filed 4/10/2020) contends that the order violates plaintiffs' rights of free exercise, free speech and freedom of assembly, their due process rights, and conflicts with the Mississippi governor's statewide order.  ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.