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Pastor arrested for packing ’hundreds’ into Florida megachurch amid lockdown

Pastor arrested for packing ’hundreds’ into Florida megachurch amid lockdown

A pastor of a Florida megachurch accused of holding 2 Sunday services has been arrested for violating the safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19. The services, presided over by Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne at the River at Tampa Bay Church, were attended by hundreds of parishioners. He was arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and violating emergency public health order.

npc8472 7 months

To hell with our right to peacefully assemble huh? To hell with our right to freely move without being accosted huh?....I swear people....the Constitution doesn't outline your rights and that the government is only beholden to defend them until there is an emergency.....It outlines your rights. The government is meant to protect your rights. Not strip you of them because of an act of nature.

Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes Bananas 7 months

To hell with the Constitution during emergencies? I hope this pastor fights it. We do not push the pause button on the Constitution during an emergency.

Jus Saying
Jus Saying 7 months

Probably needed cash, from what I've seen with these super churches, it's all about the money.

Watheverable GRAMPS
Watheverable GRAMPS 7 months


Nigel Thompson
Nigel Thompson 7 months

because all those people were totally forced in there and had no say 😂

YourHighness 7 months

Very good. Treat it like a mass shooter that endanger many lives.

John W
John W 7 months

They can cancel his event, but uk's largest gay parade event goes ahead in the UK. 30 MAR 2020 Organisers of Brighton Pride still plan on holding one of the UK 's biggest LGBT+ events despite calls to cancel due to coronavirus.

darkwingsmurf 7 months

These stay at home orders seem to be at odds with the rights protected by the 1st amendment and this case seems to add religious freedom to the mix.

Tabi's 7 months

Here in Europe, churches have services with live streaming. Why couldn’t he have done that?

anthony 7 months

The guy's irresponsible for jeopardizing the health of his congregation but some of the blame has to go on the people who attended too. This has more to do with common sense than anything.

Werli 7 months

boomers are all about making people stay inside until you say you're meeting with 100s of people to pray to the sky fairy lmfao

DHess 7 months

So hundreds of people can still pack into grocery stores, but being able to practice ones 1st ammendment is unlawful? Wtf? Might as well have armed guards on every street corner to "protect" others from the POSSIBILITY of spreading a virus.

Robert 7 months

As a conservative Christian, I entirely support this. Even though my church is shut down, several members have the virus and one probably won't make it. This man is putting potentially thousands of lives at risk, which is something God would definitely not approve of. The real issue here is that the pastor is denying the science that God created, and is willing to let people die so their tithes and offerings stay high. I'm glad that most churches in America are sensible enough to do what's right

Fin 7 months

This a a pandemic... Not some game n this virus could care less how religiously pious u are.... Every fricking time u fail to do ur. Civic duty u risk the life of ur neighbor... Fine if u don't care about yourself but isn't it the Christian thing to do to love thy neighbor... N best way u can demonstrate that love is stop. Playing silly games n do what president asked you to do... Socially distance....

shawn 7 months

Good more like him should be arrested. Not fallowing public health warning should not allowed right across the country and if you do not fallow jail time. Or have to help with first responders

RJ of Cthulhu
RJ of Cthulhu 7 months

What about the 1st ammendment! This man better sue the governemnt for all he can! Americans have the right to go out and risk themselves, we are not a socialist state. Iy isn't up to the govenrment whether or not people assemble. In addition, Marshall Law has not been declared

Barry 7 months

Why does he look like a crack head?

Edward 7 months

What part of a world wide pandemic dont you people understand. Your sky father wont protect you.

Pierre 7 months

"Congress 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..."

Marc 7 months

he should be charged for every death caused by his ignorance

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