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Louisiana Supreme Court rules in favor of Pastor Tony Spell

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Pastor Tony Spell says he’s already planning a triumphant Sunday sermon, following a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that declared the state’s COVID restrictions violated his first amendment rights.

The ruling came down Fri., May 13.

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. John Bel Edwards' early COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings violated the state and U.S. Constitution, finding even the earliest days of a public health emergency must not relegate the First Amendment to a mere "proposition."



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Spell was arrested in April of 2020 after being accused of violating executive orders from Governor John Bel Edwards that laid out restrictions on businesses and in-person gatherings during the peak of the pandemic. Despite those orders, Spell continued to hold massive in-person services at Life Tabernacle Church in Central.

In a 19-page ruling, State Justice William J Crain overturned lower court rulings, arguing the state could not prove that large church gatherings posed a greater risk of exposure to the virus than shopping at a secular business or attending work as an essential employee.

“The virus does not have a brain. It does not stop at the store of Walmart and come into the church,” said Spell in an interview just hours after the ruling was made public Friday, May 13.

Justices appeared to share that opinion.

The ruling also dismisses six misdemeanor counts against Spell. He explained those charges had kept him from being able to travel freely, even after COVID restrictions expired, and caused him to miss the birth of his second grandson.



Governor John Bel Edwards disagreed with the decision. His office issued the following statement on the ruling Friday afternoon.

"While the Governor disagrees with the Court’s ruling and maintains that his orders were both necessary and lawful, he is accepting of it. Each and every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives."


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BOOM. The usual suspects absolutely melted down over this cat during the early days of the plandemic.


RummelTiger
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Each and every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives."


Is the Governor’s office claiming the pandemic is over?


efrad
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Definitely the right decision. Just too late for it to matter much after the hysteria has died down.


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Sad that it’s such a sense of relief to see the rule of law and logic and reason applied these days.


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TheFlyingTiger
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This is why the churches disappointed me the most over the past 2 years. They could have ended this, been triumphant, and seriously swelled their members, influence, and coffers.

Instead they caved.

People needed leaders, and their natural ones just laid down.

Why have Immunities, why be a priest and a vow of poverty etc if you're just going to cuck to the secular state that would end your vocation in a snap?


Hope this proves the point.

ETA, jbe: frick that slimy cocksucker
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Spell may not be everyone's "cup of tea" to say.... but he was absolutely right the entire time.


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I don't care who's cup of tea he is. If he's practicing his religion, he's protected, and bully for standing on principle when it mattered.

Shame on the knights of Columbus and the Catholic priests that enforced masks etc.


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Many were just trying to be law abiding citizens during an extremely confusing time. Bravo for Spell for standing up to it, but I don’t fault those that were just trying to do the right thing.


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don’t fault those that were just trying to do the right thing.


The right thing was super obvious by may 1 2020.

Eta: the right thing is never prosecuting priests/pastors.

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TigerstuckinMS
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The state Supreme Court's ruling explicitly said the state violated his civil rights?

That would be exhibit fricking A in my federal lawsuit against the State of Louisiana and everyone who enforced the order.
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Definitely the right decision. Just too late for it to matter much after the hysteria has died down.


Still important, as decisions like this will help to prevent the next time.


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Curious to know what ended up happening with the BBQ place in Watson JBE went after

Last I could find was Jan 2021
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The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from the Department of Health to decide whether its suit against Firehouse BBQ should be heard in Baton Rouge or in Livingston Parish, according to court records.
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"While the Governor disagrees with the Court’s ruling and maintains that his orders were both necessary and lawful, he is accepting of it. Each and every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives."


this tells me that JBE would do it all over again despite this ruling

he is not the "rule of law" type


LSUJML
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every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives."


Every person who lost a loved one because they couldn’t get chemo or heart surgery or any other medical procedure should call him out


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Glad to see it.

Adults have a constitutional right to assemble. Next time maybe the scared will stay home and let the rest of us live our lives.


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Scruffy
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The usual suspects absolutely melted down over this cat during the early days of the plandemic.
Yes they did.

Scruffy completely agrees with Spell too.

The virus doesn’t magically avoid Walmart while focusing solely on churches.

This shite was moronic from the start.


imjustafatkid
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Curious to know what ended up happening with the BBQ place in Watson JBE went after



I found their Facebook page. Looks like their next court date is on June.


Hangit
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So now, goes JBE go to prison? Does he lose his possessions and retirement savings in a lawsuit? He did this, and made it personal.

What is his punishment?


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arcalades
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but are there any consequences for the violators. we need harsh consequences when our rights are violated and not just when there are damages


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