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A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.

Mississippi's governor says he is furious after a church was burned in a suspected arson, and after graffiti found reportedly read "Bet you stay home now.""Bet you stay home now you hypokrits" was written in parking lot at church that had sued the city over its public health orders.

The church's pastor filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs, alleging police officers had disrupted a church Bible study and Easter service.The church's pastor filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs, alleging police officers had disrupted a church Bible study and Easter service.

Mississippi church burns down after challenging safer-at-home order

“I am heartbroken and furious. In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services. There was graffiti on the lot which read “Bet you stay home now you hypocrites.” What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country.”

Tate Reeves on Twitter: "I am heartbroken and furious. In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services. There was graffiti on the lot which read “Bet you stay home now you hypocrites.” What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country.… https://t.co/aY5kjxTyje"

“I and all Mississippians strongly condemn the arson on the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs. This is not just an attack on a single house of worship but it is an the attack on every American’s first amendment rights. https://t.co/eseIPZb5Tb”

Congressman Michael Guest on Twitter: "I and all Mississippians strongly condemn the arson on the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs. This is not just an attack on a single house of worship but it is an the attack on every American’s first amendment rights. https://t.co/eseIPZb5Tb"

“AT 10: A fire at First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs is being investigated as an arson by officials. The same church is suing the city over a stay at home order. Hear the full backstory coming up on @LocalMemphis”

Rebecca Butcher 🦋 on Twitter: "AT 10: A fire at First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs is being investigated as an arson by officials. The same church is suing the city over a stay at home order. Hear the full backstory coming up on @LocalMemphis… https://t.co/tosfFE5Btv"

The suspects apparently left a messaged written in graffiti: "Bet you stay home now you hypokrites."The suspects apparently left a messaged written in graffiti: "Bet you stay home now you hypokrites."

Church that defied stay-at-home orders burned to the ground in suspected arson - CBS News

The search continues for answers after a fire destroyed a Mid-South church.The search continues for answers after a fire destroyed a Mid-South church.

Investigation continues into arson at Mississippi church

As states continue to reopen after weeks-long shutdowns shuttered businesses, the number of unemployed Americans continues to rise. On Thursday, the Labor...As states continue to reopen after weeks-long shutdowns shuttered businesses, the number of unemployed Americans continues to rise. On Thursday, the Labor Department announced 2.4 million people sought jobless benefits last week, bringing the total to nearly 39 million in the past two months.

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A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire Wednesday, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions.A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire Wednesday, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions.

Mississippi church is burned down a month after pastor filed lawsuit challenging social distancing | Daily Mail Online

The First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi burned down following an explosion on Wednesday. Investigators believe the hours-long conflagration was caused by arson.The First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi burned down following an explosion on Wednesday. Investigators believe the hours-long conflagration was caused by arson.

First Pentecostal Church Burned Down in Mississippi | Law & Crime

The First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi burned down following an explosion on Wednesday. Investigators believe the hours-long conflagration was caused by arson.

First Pentecostal Church Burned Down in Mississippi | Law & Crime

JSABBOTT/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Investigators are looking into a potential arson case at a Mississippi church where members sued local leaders after receiving a citation for disobeying orders against holding in-person religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak.The First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs was destroyed in a blaze early Wednesday, according to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. Church attendees filed a lawsuit against the city after receiving a citation last month for having a Bible study of more than 10 people and an Easter service.Investigators said they believed the fire was deliberately set. A note allegedly left at the scene said, "Bet you stay at home now you hypokrits ." The investigation is ongoing.Nearby residents told local reporters they were shocked to see the church destroyed."I just don't understand it. Even though I'm not Pentecostal, I wouldn't want something like this to happen," Katherin Bright told ABC Memphis affiliate WATN-TV.Stephen Crampton, senior counsel at Thomas More Society, which is representing the church in the lawsuit, said the fire was devastating."While there may be room for reasonable disagreement, it seems no call to take such extreme and violent action," he told WATN.Shirley Byers, an attorney for Holly Springs Mayor Kevin Buck, said her office was shocked and upset over the fire."It's unfortunate any time a crime is committed in our town," she told ABC News.The state allowed churches and other houses of worship to remain open as essential businesses, but faith leaders were asked to be more cautious as the coronavirus spread.The Holly Springs mayor's office initially declared that churches weren't essential in a stay-at-home order issued March 23, but it amended the order April 24 so churches could hold drive-through services.The citation issued against First Pentecostal Church said there were 35 to 40 people in the church during a bible study on April 10. Byers said the mayor's office hasn't been served a complaint by the defendants.Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he would be watching the investigation, but reiterated that the state's policies allowed for houses of worship to hold services."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," he said during a news conference Wednesday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.JSABBOTT/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Investigators are looking into a potential arson case at a Mississippi church where members sued local leaders after receiving a citation for disobeying orders against holding in-person religious services

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A Mississippi church that was in a legal fight over its city’s coronavirus lockdown was destroyed in a suspected arson Wednesday morning, investigators said.A Mississippi church that was in a legal fight over its city’s coronavirus lockdown was destroyed in a suspected arson Wednesday morning, investigators said.

Church suing over lockdowns destroyed in suspected arson - New York Daily News

A Mississippi church that defied coronavirus restrictions was burned to the ground early Wednesday in a suspected arson case. "Bet you stay home now you hypokrits," read a spray-painted message... US News Summaries. | Newser'Bet you stay home now,' read a message at the scene

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The First Pentecostal Church filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs after it was cited for violating coronavirus restrictions last month.The First Pentecostal Church filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs after it was cited for violating coronavirus restrictions last month.

Mississippi church suing over coronavirus restrictions destroyed by suspected arson | TheHill

The First Pentecostal Church filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs after it was cited for violating coronavirus restrictions last month.The First Pentecostal Church filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs after it was cited for violating coronavirus restrictions last month.

Mississippi church suing over coronavirus restrictions destroyed by suspected arson | TheHill

The leaders at First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, had been suing to be allowed to reopen despite the city’s restrictions to do so.The leaders at First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, had been suing to be allowed to reopen despite the city’s restrictions to do so.

Church whose leaders were suing to reopen amid coronavirus pandemic burns down

A church in Mississippi that had filed a lawsuit challenging the state's coronavirus restrictions was found burned down next to a graffiti message.A church in Mississippi that had filed a lawsuit challenging the state's coronavirus restrictions was found burned down next to a graffiti message.

'Bet you stay home now': Church that fought coronavirus orders burned down and graffitied

Officials say arson is expected after a Wednesday fire destroyed a Mississippi church whose pastor previously sued the city of Holly Springs over coronavirus restrictions.Officials say arson is expected after a Wednesday fire destroyed a Mississippi church whose pastor previously sued the city of Holly Springs over coronavirus restrictions.

Arson suspected in destruction of Mississippi church that was suing over coronavirus restrictions | TheHill

Officials say arson is expected after a Wednesday fire destroyed a Mississippi church whose pastor previously sued the city of Holly Springs over coronavirus restrictions.Officials say arson is expected after a Wednesday fire destroyed a Mississippi church whose pastor previously sued the city of Holly Springs over coronavirus restrictions.

Arson suspected in destruction of Mississippi church that was suing over coronavirus restrictions | TheHill

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The First Pentecostal Church was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city on gathering restrictions.At the scene, investigators found graffiti in the church parking lot that read: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites”

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A church in Mississippi has been destroyed by a suspected arson fire about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.A church in Mississippi has been destroyed by a suspected arson fire about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

'What is this pandemic doing to us?' governor tweets after Mississippi church fire

An attorney representing the church believes that the suspected arson is connected to a lawsuit they filed against the city of Holly Springs over its stay-at-home order.An attorney representing the church believes that the suspected arson is connected to a lawsuit they filed against the city of Holly Springs over its stay-at-home order.

Mississippi Church Suing Over Stay-At-Home Order Burns Down In Suspected Arson

First Pentecostal received a violation of a Mississippi city's stay-at-home order after 40 people had gathered for a bible studyFirst Pentecostal received a violation of a Mississippi city's stay-at-home order after 40 people had gathered for a bible study

‘Stay home now you hypokrits’: U.S. church flouting COVID-19 restrictions burned to the ground | National Post

First Pentecostal received a violation of a Mississippi city's stay-at-home order after 40 people had gathered for a bible studyFirst Pentecostal received a violation of a Mississippi city's stay-at-home order after 40 people had gathered for a bible study

‘Stay home now you hypokrits’: U.S. church flouting COVID-19 restrictions burned to the ground | National Post

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 first 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 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 first 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 […]

‘Bet You Stay Home Now Hypokrits’: Church That Refused To Close During Lockdown Gets Burned Down, Investigated As Arson | The Daily Wire

“Bet you stay home now you hypokrits."“Bet you stay home now you hypokrits."

Hmmm: Mississippi church that challenged shutdown mysteriously ... explodes

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Hmmm: Mississippi church that challenged shutdown mysteriously ... explodes

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday condemned a church fire that's being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned on Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday condemned a church fire that's being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned on Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Church Burned to the Ground Amid Lockdown Fight: 'Bet You Stay Home Now You Hypokrites' | CBN News

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday condemned a church fire that's being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned on Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. News outlets reportedMississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday condemned a church fire that's being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned on Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. News outlets reported

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