According tomedia reports, in order to cope with the current outbreak of the new coronavirus, home shelter, social distance, frequent hand washing and other advice has become an effective means to combat the virus. Yet a significant number of people who choose to ignore this still choose to go out and gather in one place, like worshippers in Louisiana.
Pastor Tony Spell presided over a packed service Tuesday at Life Tabernacle Church in central Louisiana. Hundreds of parishioners attended the event, CBS News reported. Another 1,265 people attended Sunday’s funeral, according to the pastor. The pastor, who had previously been summoned for church service, is facing a misdemeanor charge.
“We are people who need help, our souls are lost,” Spell said. He did not comment when asked if the church was still accepting donations. He also said they had a constitutional right to assemble and would continue to do so regardless of the consequences. Spell adds that the church is disinfected every day and is arguably cleaner than gas stations, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.
“The virus we believe is politically motivated,” Spell said. State Gov. John Bel Edwards is understood to have issued an order banning gatherings of more than 10 people in Louisiana, each facing up to six months in prison and a $500 fine. So far, more than 5,200 people have been infected and more than 239 have died in the state.
Equally puzzling, protesters appeared outside the church on Tuesday to protest against the priest’s actions.
One might say it’s unfair to compare people who go to church with young people who have fun on the beach, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter what kind of party it is, it’s important that it increases the risk of infection. In other words, as of early March, about 60 percent of the 4,000 new cases of corolla in South Korea were caused by religious gatherings in the country. Separately, Indian officials are now looking for hundreds of people who have prayed at the same mosque, as at least 24 of them have tested positive for the new coronavirus.
It is clear that priests have not been able to survive the outbreak of the new coronavirus. According to the BBC, at least 50 priests had died in Italy as of March 25.
Last week, Pope Francis chose to pray and live the city of Rome and the world in the empty St. Peter’s Square.