Judge cites scripture to rebuke D.C. mayor, rules in favor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 11th, 2020 2:31 pm

Last Updated Oct 12th, 2020 at 5:53 pm

Federal judge Trevor McFadden on Friday ruled in favor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church over Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser's restriction on outdoor church services.

"It is for the church, not the District or this court, to define for itself the meaning of ‘not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,"' McFadden said.

The ruling allows CHBC to gather for in-person, outdoor services. The church says attendees will still take precautions.

"The church has consistently represented that it will take appropriate precautions such as holding services outdoors, providing for social distancing, and requiring masks," McFadden said. "The District has not put forward sufficient evidence showing that prohibiting a gathering with these precautions is necessary to protect the public."


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