A Louisiana pastor known to authorities for repeatedly defying gathering bans had again hosted hundreds of churchgoers for Palm Sunday services, police said.
Pastor Tony Spell was charged with six misdemeanors for six services he held since the State’s Governor John Bel Edwards implemented bans against large gatherings. But still didn’t change his point of view regarding the pandemic restrictions: “There are no governing bodies that can tell us we cannot gather and worship freely,” he said.
Chief Roger Corcoran said that Spell held two separate services on Palm Sunday: “Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion.”