Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards sent out direct orders to the state to keep away from large gatherings in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But Rev. Tony Spell decided to hold service on Tuesday despite being ordered not to.
According to WAFB, Spell said that police warned him that the National Guard would break up any future services that hold more than 50 people. But according to Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush, that claim is not accurate.
“The National Guard has not been tasked with enforcing any of the curfew, social distancing or meeting requirements as set by the governor,” Colonel Bush said. “Our focus right now is completely with helping state agencies with preparedness and medical readiness.”
Spell claims that the virus is just a political stunt to take down conservatives.
“The virus, we believe, is politically motivated,” he said. “We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says.”
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