Kentucky churchgoers met with nails in parking lot, police recording license plates

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 13th, 2020 8:06 am

Kentucky churchgoers were met with police and nails in their church's parking lot on Easter Sunday as congregants gathered in open defiance of the state's stay-at-home order.

Maryville Baptist Church hosted an Easter service inside the church, despite being urged by Bullitt County health officials to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Maryville Baptist Reverend Jack Roberts said to local news last Sunday that Gov. Andy Beshear's orders were illegal and that churches should be considered essential.

The church gave churchgoers the option to watch from their cars online or hear the service from speakers outside.

Kentucky State Police wrote down the license plate numbers of churchgoers inside the church and placed notes on the vehicle for its owners to self-quarantine for 14 days. Beshear said on Friday that the license plate numbers would be reported to the health department and used for contact tracing if anyone became infected.

Nails were also found outside the entrance to the church, although it is unclear who left them.

"I feel sorry for the folks who have nothing better to do than to throw nails in the driveway," Roberts said. "If you want to confront me, come and talk to me."

A federal judge ruled on Saturday that a Louisville ban on drive-in church services was unconstitutional.


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