Louisville, Kentucky, Church Drops Lawsuit After Mayor Agrees to Allow Drive-In Worship Services

Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer speaks at at an interfaith celebration at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, KY on April 19, 2017. | Wikimedia Commons/Festival of Faiths

On Fire Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has come to an agreement with city officials to end its lawsuit against an order that banned churches from holding drive-in worship services. 

Mayor Greg Fischer has agreed to allow churches to hold drive-in worship services so long as they abide by social distancing guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, according to attorneys representing the church.

The agreement comes after On Fire Christian Church was granted a temporary restraining order against Fischer’s April directive temporarily prohibiting churches from holding in-person and drive-in worship services to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The church claimed that the directive violated its constitutional rights to assemble.

“We are grateful to Mayor Fischer and Louisville city officials who worked with us to ensure their policies are both consistent with the Constitution and the CDC’s guidelines,” Roger Byron, an attorney representing the church from the First Liberty Institute, said in a statement.

“During this challenging time, we need to see more of this kind of cooperation between government officials and the religious community.”

With stay-at-home orders in place statewide, the church had been hosting drive-in church services consistent with CDC guidelines in its parking lot for several weeks.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith