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Did Chicago just threaten to bulldoze churches?


In an interview with Todd Starnes, Matt Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, a legal nonprofit dedicated to fighting for religious liberties, says that Chicago officials allegedly threatened to bulldoze two churches in that city because they are fighting the city’s coronavirus lockdown rules.

Starnes explains:

Matt Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said Wednesday that churches that he represents have received letters from the city’s Board of Health that declared them “public nuisances.”

The term may not seem like much on the surface, but he said, legally, it opens up these churches to a lot of problems. Staver read the letter on air that said the department “has the power and duty to cause all nuisances affecting the health of the public to be abated.” Staver said the letter threatened a “summary abatement,” which is legalese for the destruction of the facility without any judicial process or further notice.

Staver said the rule of law in the state is clear He said if there’s a summary abatement for an animal “you just take them down” and if it is issued for a building you “simply bulldoze it.”

READ: Chicago Threatens to Bulldoze Churches, Lawyer Says

Of course, this is not the first time we have heard of churches being bulldozed. This past May, China’s communist tyrants bulldozed a church in Jiangxi province and even used the pandemic as their excuse. READ: China Bulldozes, Shuts Down Churches amid Pandemic: ‘The Government Has Gone Insane’

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