The government crusade against Chicago churches appears to have intensified after Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a police raid on a predominantly black church for defying the state’s stay-at-home orders and holding in-person services.
On Sunday, Lightfoot allegedly dispatched three marked squad cars and two unmarked police vehicles full of officers to Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood.
In an interview with Todd Starnes, Cornerstone Pastor Courtney Lewis said he was in the middle of his sermon when he heard loud banging on the church’s front doors. Upon realizing that it was the police, Lewis instructed the men of the church to lock the door and deny the officers entry.
Lewis told Starnes he felt as if the church was being harassed by “the Soviet-style KGB” as they continued banging on the door and demanding the church be shut down.
“Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” he said.
“We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible, but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God, I, as a pastor, have a duty to follow the laws of God,” Lewis wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney John Lausch, pleading for assistance. “We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully, but we are requesting the assistance of our president and our Justice Department in correcting this grave miscarriage of the law.”
Lewis told Starnes that Chicago churches are being unduly oppressed by Lightfoot: “All we are seeking is the same consideration and trust that is being tendered toward the liquor stores, abortion clinics, and Walmart.”
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