Please Pray - We Filed at the Supreme Court

Oct 15, 2020

We’re dragging IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker back to the U.S. Supreme Court to STOP Christian persecution in Illinois once and for all. Read on to learn more. - Mat

On May 15, Chicago threatened to seize and destroy the Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church buildings for holding church services with more than 10 people. Just two weeks later, Chicago saw its bloodiest day in over 60 years -- 85 people were shot and 24 died. This past weekend, over 50 were shot and four were killed, including an 8-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.

A gut-wrenching 409 people were shot in Chicago during May alone. As IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lightfoot were laser-focused on closing churches, they encouraged tens of thousands of people to fill Chicago’s streets rioting nearly unchecked.

When the COVID crisis began, IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker threw the U.S. Constitution out the window and deemed that religious freedom was not essential. In his state, churches were required to abandon their revered practices and doctrine on assembly, and instead adopt Pritzker’s edicts... or else.

When the city threatened to take any means necessary to stop the church from meeting - including seizing and destroying the church’s building - we went to the Supreme Court for emergency relief. Gov. Pritzker blinked. We won round one!

 

But even before Illinois government officials threatened to seize and destroy Elim Romanian Pentecostal’s church buildings, officials had spent weeks tyrannizing these faithful immigrant Christians.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had already towed the cars of every neighbor for nine blocks surrounding the church in an effort to turn the neighbors against the immigrant Christians who attend Elim – a tactic church members recognized from their time spent under the oppressive Romanian communist regime they had escaped.

And when church neighbors chose to stand with the church rather than the persecutors, Mayor Lightfoot sent marked police cars to block all entrances to the church’s privately leased parking lot. The message to the immigrants was an unmistakable Securitate-like warning for attendees to “stay away or else.”

But just as the faithful church members did when Christianity was persecuted by Romanian communists, Elim Romanian Pentecostal members refused to abandon their faith... and church went on, whether J.B. Pritzker or Lori Lightfoot liked it or not.

Even the threat of arrest for Pastor Cristian Ionescu would not deter the members or the staff of Elim. They had seen pastors arrested before in “the old country.” Many members had themselves been arrested, starved and beaten by Romanian Secret Police for refusing to stop worshipping.

Pritzker’s and Lightfoot’s threats were ignored because the believers attending Elim Romanian and Logos Baptist Ministries have seen and survived far worse than these Illinois politicians were dishing out... without abandoning their faith.

The leaders, staff and members of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries KNOW their rights as Americans and their duty as Christians.

YESTERDAY, we returned to the Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel filed with the Court seeking a full review of our case to permanently STOP Gov. Pritzker’s obvious anti-Christian abuses.

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We dragged Pritzker to the very steps of the Supreme Court earlier this year, which caused the governor to halt his illegal church restrictions temporarily. HOWEVER, the summary abatement threat still stands against the church.

Worse yet, the governor refuses to disavow his earlier illegal orders… and he refuses to confirm that he will never reimplement those illegal orders. Instead, Gov. Pritzker has “reserved the right” to reinstate his anti-constitutional abuses any time he chooses.

Because this lawless governor refuses to certify that he will obey the U.S. Constitution’s requirement to protect religious freedom, we have no alternative other than to take him to the highest Court in the land.

As it stands now, Liberty Counsel has six major lawsuits pending in federal and state courts challenging unconstitutional church restrictions. We are suing the governors of California, Virginia, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine and Illinois who have illegally and unconstitutionally robbed their citizens of their First Amendment RIGHT to religious freedom by arresting their pastors, shuttering or restricting their churches, and harassing church members. Additionally, we are providing legal counsel to over 2,000 other pastors and churches in 44 states.

I truly never thought I would see a day when American governors took active measures to criminalize church services. But the Lord has prepared us well for this time. Over 30 years of providing the nation’s best religious freedom legal representation has given us a wealth of experience from which our small David-like law firm can use to defeat godless Goliaths like these out-of-control governors.

We put our complete trust in God. But we need your help.

Liberty Counsel is not a massive ministry with hundreds of lawyers. Nor do we charge for our services because we know the humble pastors and faithful Christians we defend could never afford a legal defense on their own. Instead, our legal work is entirely funded through the generous donations of thoughtful people like YOU.

And, to ensure we have all the financial resources necessary to defeat Goliath-like government officials, a challenge grant has been established which will DOUBLE the impact of your donation today.

America’s religious freedom is on the line RIGHT NOW. Please, make your most generous possible donation TODAY. Select here or the button below.

Sincerely,

Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman


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P.P.S. Considering the sheer number of abuses of Christians' religious rights taking place right now in America, we MUST ensure Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed and seated on the U.S. Supreme Court. PLEASE – FAX THE SENATE NOW – DEMAND JUDGE BARRETT BE CONFIRMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

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