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Why did the New Orleans’ mayor get Christian singer Lauren Daigle cancelled from a New Year’s event?

Lauren Daigle singing in Madrid in 2019
Credit: Moises Gutierrez/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 4.0

It appears that the Democrat mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, was able to have Christian singer Lauren Daigle, 29, cancelled from an upcoming New Year’s celebration at New Orleans’ Jackson Square.

A local radio station, WWL, first reported that the cancellation took place after Mayor Cantrell, who loves writing letters, sent one to Dick Clark Productions (DCP) that was organizing the event telling them to cancel Daigle because she participated in an outdoor worship service in that city on Nov. 17, 2020. The event was led by worship leader Sean Feucht as part of his Let Us Worship protests across America.

In her letter to DCP, Cantrell wrote:

“She harmed our people, she risked the lives of our residents, and she strained our first responders in a way that is unconscionable – in the midst of a public health crisis. This is not who we are, and she cannot be allowed to represent New Orleans or the people she willfully endangered.”

However, many are asking why Cantrell did this and several political leaders spoke up defending Daigle.

First, Daigle, who is from New Orleans, only sang one song, but according to Cantrell that was enough to risk the lives of the 343,000 people who live in the city and as well to strain first responders.

Secondly, Daigle was not officially part of the worship protest. She was simply riding by on her bike, when she came across the service. Someone recognized Daigle and talked the Christian singer into singing one song at the service. Daigle led the crowd in “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

Thirdly, if this was really about COVID, Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser asked why Cantrell wasn’t publicly shaming those who attended an anti-police protest in June held at the same location as Feucht’s Let Us Worship protest.

In fact, when Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters protested in New Orleans in June, Cantrell and other civic leaders actually sent out a letter praising the peaceful anti-police event. So, apparently it’s fine for BLM protests, but a peaceful worship protest event is bad.

However, to be fair Cantrell did send a nasty letter condemning BLM, when the group dared to hold a protest at Cantrell’s home.

The New Orleans Advocate explained Cantrell’s ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ approach to the BLM protests:

In an open letter released late Tuesday, Cantrell praised the Black Lives Matter movement that has inspired protests across the nation in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, but condemned demonstrators who used the movement’s rallying cry when they converged on her home.

So, apparently it is fine to protest, as long as you don’t bother Cantrell and I could be mistaken, but I don’t believe Daigle was singing at Cantrell’s home.

Fourthly, Nungesser also pointed out that Cantrell is not bigger than the constitution that allows for the freedom of worship.

But nevertheless Cantrell used her political power to cancel Lauren Daigle and Nungesser summed up the mayor’s actions with these words:

“Our big chance to promote Louisiana and New Orleans … to have the rug pulled out from under us by such a hateful, horrible, nasty, mean, unbelievable act. You can’t put words to it.”

READ: Lauren Daigle Removed from New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebration for Sin of Singing Outdoors AND Lauren Daigle ‘dropped’ from New Year’s Eve celebration over appearance with Sean Feucht AND Hateful, Horrible, Nasty’: New Orleans Mayor Wants Lauren Daigle Removed From New Year’s Eve Performance AND: City leaders praise New Orleanians for protesting peacefully AND LaToya Cantrell to protesters outside her home: ‘We have to be better than that’

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