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A Louisiana pastor apparently defied the governor's order not to hold gatherings of more than 50 people by hosting over 1,000 people at a church service Sunday and hundreds at another service Tuesday."The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," Tony Spell said. "We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."

Reverend Tony Spell, leader of the Life Tabernacle Church in Louisiana led 1,825 congregants in worship on Sunday and said there would be a further service on Tuesday evening.Reverend Tony Spell, leader of the Life Tabernacle Church in Louisiana led 1,825 congregants in worship on Sunday and said there would be a further service on Tuesday evening.

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The Rev. Tony Spell, an evangelical minister in touch with a Trump advisor, is holding religious services in spite of the state's stay-at-home order.The Rev. Tony Spell, an evangelical minister in touch with a Trump advisor, is holding religious services in spite of the state's stay-at-home order.

Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, holds services for hundreds - Los Angeles Times

“"Pastor Tony Spell says the way to handle a pandemic is through the healing hand of Jesus." So he gathered 1,825 people at a mass service at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge. https://t.co/9m25Ve9BPs”

Helen Kennedy on Twitter: ""Pastor Tony Spell says the way to handle a pandemic is through the healing hand of Jesus." So he gathered 1,825 people at a mass service at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge. https://t.co/9m25Ve9BPs… https://t.co/Z6RUFM50ky"

“Baton Rouge church hosts more than 1,800 people amid COVID-19 outbreak. https://t.co/jzHo2xkoKd”

Dave on Twitter: "Baton Rouge church hosts more than 1,800 people amid COVID-19 outbreak. https://t.co/jzHo2xkoKd"

“this church is putting Baton Rouge in danger https://t.co/JYnoi2NZoL”

Blake Paterson on Twitter: "this church is putting Baton Rouge in danger https://t.co/JYnoi2NZoL"

“Hundreds of worshippers showed up at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge on Tuesday (March 17) night amid the #coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/6qJutKD4ff”

Steve Harvey Radio on Twitter: "Hundreds of worshippers showed up at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge on Tuesday (March 17) night amid the #coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/6qJutKD4ff"

A petition is circulating online calling for a Central pastor to be prosecuted over holding large church services despite guidelines by state leaders to avoid large crowds for preventative measures against COVID-19.CENTRAL, La (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – A petition is circulating online calling for a Central pastor to be prosecuted over holding large church services despite guidelines by state leaders to a…

Petition calling for Central pastor to face justice over hosting large crowds despite government orders

"The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," said pastor Tony Spell. "We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."

Pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1K people to services

Pastor Tony Spell, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, held a service for 400 people on Tuesday. On Sunday, there were more than 1,000.Pastor Tony Spell, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, held a service for 400 people on Tuesday. On Sunday, there were more than 1,000.

Louisiana pastor held a service in defiance of state coronavirus orders - Insider

And why it's time to reverse course.And why it's time to reverse course.

The theology that has motivated one pastor to keep holding in-person services - The Washington Post

A Louisiana church attracted more than 1,800 people to their Sunday service, despite warnings from health officials to practice social distancing.A Louisiana church attracted more than 1,800 people to their Sunday service, despite warnings from health officials to practice social distancing.

A Louisiana pastor who made headlines last week when he ignored social-distancing efforts to welcome hundreds of worshippers to his church again flouted state guidelines Sunday, area news outlets are reporting.A Louisiana pastor who made headlines last week when he ignored social-distancing efforts to welcome hundreds of worshippers to his church again flouted state guidelines Sunday, area news outlets are reporting.

Coronavirus: Louisiana pastor again ignores social distancing, hosts 1,800 worshippers Sunday

CENTRAL, La. (NBC Local 33/Fox 44) – A petition is circulating online calling for a Central pastor to be prosecuted over holding large church services despite guidelines by state leaders to avoid large crowds for preventative measures against COVID-19. The petition is asking Governor John Bel Edwards to have Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle […]CENTRAL, La. (NBC Local 33/Fox 44) – A petition is circulating online calling for a Central pastor to be prosecuted over holding large church services despite guidelines by state leaders to avoid l…

Petition filed calling for pastor to face justice over hosting 1,800 during COVID-19 pandemic | CBS 17

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) — The Life Tabernacle Church hosted 1,825 people at their Sunday morning service. 26 buses were used to pick people up from around the Baton Rouge area and transport them to Sunday service. Pastor Tony Spell says the way to handle a pandemic is through the healing hand of Jesus. That […]BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) — The Life Tabernacle Church hosted 1,825 people at their Sunday morning service. 26 buses were used to pick people up from around the Baton Rouge area and transport t…

Louisiana church hosts more than 1,800 people amid COVID-19 outbreak | WTRF

BATON ROUGE, La– (WVLA/WGMB)– The recent orders from Governor John Bel Edwards to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state has left many local businesses shut down and business owners worrying about what their employees are going to do. NBC Local 33 News reached out to several local businesses who were forced to temporarily […]BATON ROUGE, La– (WVLA/WGMB)– The recent orders from Governor John Bel Edwards to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state has left many local businesses shut down and business owner…

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Megachurch packs 1,825 worshippers into 26 buses, holds Sunday mass while deadly coronavirus spreadsMegachurch packs 1,825 worshippers into 26 buses, holds Sunday mass while deadly coronavirus spreads

Megachurch hosts 1,825 worshipers despite coronavirus pandemic - New York Daily News

Baton Rouge church continues to host Sunday service with hundreds in attendance

A church in Louisiana hosted 1,825 people at their Sunday morning service.A church in Louisiana hosted 1,825 people at their Sunday morning service.

Church hosts more than 1,800 people during coronavirus outbreak | WFLA

A Louisiana church hosted more than 1,800 people at its Sunday morning service, going against state and federal guidelines for social distancing to hold the service.A Louisiana church hosted more than 1,800 people at its Sunday morning service, going against state and federal guidelines for social distancing to hold the service.

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