Albuquerque church sues New Mexico for being barred from having 30 people to broadcast the service
As expected from stubborn pastors who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is nothing more than the government’s desire to limit American religious freedom, the time has come for lawsuits against the government.
But this story is not so simple, the ignorance of the pastor of Legacy Church in Albuquerque, Steve Smothermon, who claims that he needs 30 people to organize the live broadcast, became the basis for the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was in response to a recent statement by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, which included churches on the list of organizations that are restricted to organize mass gatherings.
Analyzing the text of the lawsuit, one gets the impression that Smothermon intends to establish an entire religious TV channel.
"They need a worship staff of “twelve to fourteen people” along with a technical team of “about sixteen people” in order to broadcast sermons to thousands of people, says the lawsuit," reports The Friendly Atheist.
Now, to stop the further spread of coronavirus among churches and worshipers, an injunction will be required, since Steve Smothermon does not intend to stop services and close the church during a pandemic.