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The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest supporting a Mississippi church in its lawsuit against the Greenville city government after congregants were issued $500 dollar tickets for refusing to leave a drive-in worship service.
“[T]he Department filed a Statement of Interest in support of a church in Mississippi that allegedly sought to hold parking lot worship services, in which congregants listened to their pastor preach over their car radios, while sitting in their cars in the church parking lot with their windows rolled up,” Attorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday, reports Fox News. “The City of Greenville fined congregants $500 per person for attending these parking lot services – while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants, even with their windows open.”
In its lawsuit, the church is claiming discrimination because the restrictions apply to churches but, as Barr said, not to restaurants in the town. ….