Earlier this month, right-wing pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth called church leaders “a bunch of pansies” if they canceled services as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Now, he’s claiming it’s illegal for churches to be empty.
“We faced the potential of the churches worldwide being shuttered,” he said. “with no people in them — on Resurrection Sunday.”
“People can say what they want, and people can do into Levitical quarantine standards that God had for people with infectious diseases,” he continued. “It’s wrong. It was wrong last Sunday to look at one live stream after another with every church in the nation empty. It’s not legal. You say, ‘Well you’re telling people to violate the law.’ No! Telling people to not go to church is in violation of the law.”
“How far are you all willing to let the government push you, and tell you that you can’t go to church? In America? (Dramatic pause) There are certain things a Christian should be willing to go to jail for.”
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Here’s what Shuttlesworth had to say, provided by Right Wing Watch;
Right-wing evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth rails against churches that are suspending services in accordance with recommendations to avoid large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/zBDxTdhbei
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 26, 2020