A authorized group representing Andrew Wommack Ministries sued Gov. Jared Polis on Monday in an effort to halt Colorado’s COVID-19 public well being orders that restrict the dimensions of non secular and different gatherings forward of a convention the Woodland Park ministry is holding subsequent week.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Courtroom in Denver, asks for a short lived restraining order and preliminary injunction in opposition to a number of public well being orders issued by state officers through the coronavirus pandemic.
The swimsuit comes per week earlier than the ministry’s Pastor’s Convention, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 5. The occasion attracts pastors and ministers from outdoors the area people and is required attendance for greater than 600 college students at Charis Bible School, based on the authorized grievance.
The lawsuit filed by the conservative nonprofit group Liberty Counsel challenges Colorado’s 175-person cap on spiritual gatherings through the pandemic. The lawsuit calls out Polis for having “excused from such restrictions untold 1000’s of protesters who’ve gathered all all through Colorado cities, with no social distancing, and with no risk of prison or authorized sanction.”
In July, the Colorado Legal professional Basic’s Workplace despatched a cease-and-desist letter to Andrew Wommack Ministries for violating the state’s well being orders by internet hosting a summer season convention, KRDO reported.
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The problem of COVID-19 restrictions on homes of worship has reached the U.S. Supreme Courtroom already this yr, with the justices voting 5-Four in Might to reject a problem by a California church suing to cease that state’s order to close down spiritual companies.
Liberty Counsel, the group suing Polis and the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings, has been designated by the Southern Poverty Legislation Heart as an anti-LGBTQ “hate group.”
Representatives from the governor’s workplace and the state well being division didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.