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Judge Bans Church of COVID-Denying Pastor John MacArthur from Meeting Indoors

Sep 11, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Just days after Los Angeles County fined Pastor John MacArthur‘s Grace Community Church $1,000/day for its violation of a sign ordinance, the COVID-denying church has been blocked from hosting indoor services.

For more than a month now, MacArthur has been celebrating the lack of social distancing and face masks in his congregation. A couple of weeks ago, he falsely claimed, “There is no pandemic.” And he continues to defy local regulations about indoor gatherings.

That’s why, yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff issued a preliminary injunction against the church. Beckloff explained that the county had permitted MacArthur’s congregation to gather, even indoors, as long as they wore masks and practiced social distancing. They didn’t do that.

It’s just that simple.

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