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5th Circuit Grants Emergency Injunctive Relief for Mississippi Church that Burned Down

Added 05-23-20 12:21:02am EST - “Judge Willett concurred: "Singling out houses of worship?"and only houses of worship, it seems?"cannot possibly be squared with the First Amendment."” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “5th Circuit Grants Emergency Injunctive Relief for Mississippi Church that Burned Down”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Wednesday, the First Pentecostal Church in Mississippi burned down. The police suspect arson. Investigators found graffiti on the lot that read, ""Bet you stay home now you hypokrits." Before the fire, the church had challenged the City of Holy Springs's closure order.

The district court denied injunctive relief "in an expedited fashion," and the church appealed to the Fifth Circuit. The per curiam panel (Higginbotham, Southwick, and Willett) granted partial relief. Specifically, the court enjoined portions of the closure order, so long as the church complies with certain social-distancing guidelines:

Accordingly, we recognize that in this fast-shifting landscape of COVID-19 regulations, temporary deferral of a decision may effectively be a permanent denial. In the interim, pending the district court's decision, the City is enjoined from enforcing against the Church the Faith Based Organizations sections of Executive Order 6 and Executive Order 7.

Judge Willett wrote a one-page concurring opinion. He faulted the city for how it characterized the tragic burning of the church:

The First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs was burned to the ground earlier this week. Graffiti spray-painted in the church parking lot sneered, "Bet you Stay home Now YOU HYPOKRITS."

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