Chicago mayor mounts police raid on church's Sunday service

by Bryan Brammer · May 25th, 2020 2:23 pm

Last Updated Aug 4th, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday launched a police raid on a predominately black church for holding services in defiance of her coronavirus shutdown orders.

Lightfoot allegedly dispatched three marked squad cars and two unmarked police vehicles full of officers to Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church in the South Side's Woodlawn neighborhood.

Cornerstone Pastor Courtney Lewis was in the middle of his sermon when he heard loud banging on the church's front doors. After discovering it was the police, he instructed the men of the church to lock the door and deny the officers entry, Todd Starnes reported.

Lewis said he felt as if he was confronting "the Soviet-style KGB" as they continued banging on the door and demanding the church be shut down.

"Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago," Lewis told Starnes.

Lewis has reached out to U.S. Attorney John Lausch for assistance.

"We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible, but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God, I, as a pastor, have a duty to follow the laws of God," Lewis wrote in a letter to Lausch. "We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully, but we are requesting the assistance of our president and our Justice Department in correcting this grave miscarriage of the law."

? Lightfoot recently fined three churches $500 for holding in-person services and dispatched patrol vehicles to block the entry of a church parking lot.


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