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Judge grants Louisville church's temporary restraining order to allow drive-in service

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 16:15:18-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — According to WDRB in Louisville, A Kentucky judge has granted a temporary restraining order filed by a Louisville church against Mayor Greg Fischer to allow drive-in service on Easter Sunday.

On Fire Christian Center filed a lawsuit asking for the temporary restraining order against Fischer on Friday for not allowing drive-in church services on Easter, "seeking to block his prohibition on churches holding drive-in services during the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the First Liberty Institute, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the church.

Judge Justin Walker granted the order Saturday, which prevents the city from "enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire," according to court documents.

Judge Walker called Fischer's decision "stunning," and "beyond all reason, unconstitutional," according to court documents. "On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of 'The Onion'," Walker said.