South African Pastor Apprehended In The USA For Breaching Covid-19 Prohibitions. A pastor from South Africa has been apprehended in Florida in the United States of America.
A pastor from South Africa has been apprehended in Florida in the United States of America. The pastor was apprehended for supposedly breaching the Covid-19 prohibitions. The pastor, Rodney Howard-Browne, was apprehended for having two Sunday services with over a hundred people and breaching the order that was circulated of people staying in their homes to curb the spread of the coronavirus, says the New York Times.
The South African pastor had the church services in his Tampa Bay church. He also gave transport for the congregants that needed transportation to the services. CNN news reports that, pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was charged with two charges, one of illegal gathering and another charge for the breaching of health emergency rules. It is stated that the two charges are second degree crimes. Sheriff Chad Chronister, an officer from Florida, reportedly stated that the disregard of the pastor on human life has put his followers in danger, thereby also putting numerous community members in danger.
The pastor’s legal representative alleged that the way the law enforcement was being discriminatory against church gatherings and religion. “Not only did the church comply with the administrative order regarding six-foot distancing, it went above and beyond any other business to ensure the health and safety of people,” says the legal representative. The representative went on to say that the church ensured that the people that were working there wore gloves and the people who attended the church had hand sanitiser.
by Alexandra Ramaite