Third church looks to Supreme Court for protection from state-ordered worship restrictions
A Chicago church on Tuesday announced its intentions to appeal to the Supreme Court, following an unfavorable ruling from an Illinois federal appeals court upholding Gov. J.B. Pritzker's worship ban.
The church, Elim Romanian Pentecostal, has been embroiled in a legal war with Chicago and the state of Illinois since early May when it began opposing the 10-person limit on in-person services. Chicago police issued citations to members of the church after they persisted in defiance of Pritzker's and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's orders.
Cristian Ionescu, the church's pastor, told the Chicago Sun-Times at the time that the church was not engaged in â€śa rebellion for the sake of rebellion.â€ť...
Seeking permission to be church from the Supreme Court is a mistake for any church to make. If the court does the usual, it will refer it back to the lower court which already decided against that church. Someday the churches might remember they don't function by permission of men. Looking to the SC for help conveys the false idea that it does.
These dear Romanian brothers and sisters endured the persecution of Ceaucescuâ€™s Communist regime in Romania 30 and 40 years ago, now they have to endure the same tyranny, (though this time disguised as a â€śhealth emergencyâ€ť), from a Marxist mayor, and a Marxist state Governor, now in 2020, (and yes, they may have a â€śDemocratâ€ť title, but they are Marxists), tyrants who despise the US Constitution, and who want to bring a taste of Ceaucescuâ€™s Communist state into the USA. They permit leftist demonstrations, even with associated lawlessness, which break every one of the COVID 19 regulations, yet they threaten and actively prosecute churches that do not fit in with their tyrannical requirements. Let us pray for our Romanian brothers and sisters, as they now have to face again the tyranny they escaped from 30 or 40 years ago.