Church That Refused To Close During Lockdown Gets Burned Down, Investigated As Arson

Devastating Mississippi church fire is being investigated as arson.

“I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits,” read one message spray-painted on the church parking lot, Thomas More Society senior counsel and lawyer for the church Stephen Crampton told Fox News on Thursday.

“First Pentacostal Church Holly Springs. Arson is Suspected,” reported Tom Dees of FOX 13 Memphis. “Investigators say the church was spray painted with graffiti and set on fire. There was a major explosion in the back of the church that blew out the front.”

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A Mississippi church in the midst of a legal battle to stay open despite local shutdown orders was burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. According to responders, the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs was vandalized and suffered a large explosion to the back of the church. The incident is being investigated as a criminal act of arson.

Jerry Waldrop, who has pastored at the church for 31 years, filed a lawsuit in April pushing back against local leaders’ orders, which conflict with Republican Governor Tate Reeves’ order, expressly designating churches as “essential” operations.

“The 14-page document claims local police officers disrupted a mid-week bible study and the church’s Easter service 10 days prior,” reported WLBT 3.

The complaint says Waldrop “held outdoor services when possible but would hold them indoors while practicing social distancing during inclement weather,” the report noted, adding that the pastor “asked for a temporary restraining order to keep the City from preventing services inside the church building.”

“It is very clear local municipalities can have guidelines that are more strict than the governor’s guidelines, but they cannot have guidelines that directly conflict with what we have put in place,” Gov. Reeves said Wednesday at a press conference. More

A disturbing side effect of this epidemic has been the heavy-handed and lopsided suppression of religious activities and has emboldened the virulent aggression against the religious by people who harbor obviously more than disagreement but true hatred and antipathy towards those who practice.

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