American City Council Drops Charges against Pastor Fined $800 for Holding Church Services

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Romanian pastor, Daniel Chiu of Logos Baptist Ministries, has been fined $800 for holding indoor church services in Niles, Illinois, United States of America.

The city is claimS that the pastor violated an executive order from governor J.B. Pritzker restricting gatherings amid COVID-19.

Pastor Chiu had been served for four criminal charges for holding the gatherings, but Christian legal firm Liberty Counsel came to his aid and the city dropped the charges.

Liberty Counsel founder and Chairman, Mat Staver said:“It is beyond belief that a pastor would be charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ for peacefully and safely holding a church service,” “Think about it — a pastor who survived communist Romania is charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ for holding a church service in America — the land of the free. This is shameful. The repression against the church under communism failed, and it will not succeed here in America”.

Liberty Counsel will now file a petition with the Supreme Court to get Illinois Governor’s Executive Order reviewed.

LIBERTY COUNSEL STATEMENT

“While Gov. J.B. Pritzker removed ALL restrictions on churches and houses of worship when he was previously called to account to the Supreme Court, the High Court ruled that the governor failed to make it absolutely clear that he would not return to the prior executive order. This month Liberty Counsel will file a petition with the Supreme Court to consider the case for a full review since Gov. Pritzker wants to return to his restrictive orders”.

Liberty Counsel is representing another Illinois-based church called Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church. Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, which will be included in the petition to the Supreme Court, has also run into legal issues surrounding church gatherings.

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