Florida pastor arrested, out on bail after defying stay-home order with big services

Florida pastor arrested, out on bail after defying stay-home order with big services
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, The River church. Hillsborough County Sheriff via NBC 8

[Ed. – Americans are facing as big a reckoning over our ideas of government and public authority as over anything else right now.  Acknowledging that prudence and care are required, it’s still valid to ask whether a non-sentient virus whose course we can’t fully anticipate should override all our principles for the rule of law.  Even with a tsunami like Indonesia’s 15 years ago, the end was in sight from the beginning.  That’s not the case with the coronavirus.  Putting it in the driver’s seat can’t be the default answer, even today.]

A Tampa Bay area pastor has bonded out of jail after he was arrested following large services that were held at his church over the weekend despite social distancing guidelines that have been put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he has made the decision Sunday night to seek an arrest warrant against the pastor of River at Tampa Bay Church for violating orders put in place by President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Centers for Disease Control and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group.

The sheriff confirmed in a tweet Monday afternoon that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne had been arrested.

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