(ChurchLeaders) Following a pro-church Supreme Court ruling for California earlier this month, an evangelical church in Orrington, Maine, is renewing its fight against pandemic-related restrictions in that state. Calvary Chapel Bangor says in its new legal filing—a motion for injunctive relief—that Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has imposed “draconian and unconscionable restrictions on religious worship services while exempting myriad secular businesses and gatherings from similar restrictions.”
The independent church, which has been challenging worship restrictions throughout the pandemic, cites the 6-3 SCOTUS ruling on February 5 that lifted a ban against indoor worship in California. Justices did, however, permit officials there to cap gatherings at 25% capacity and to ban singing and chanting to prevent disease spread.