Sacramento, California 2020-09-07 17:21:20 –
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A pastor associated with Bethel Church in Redding is claiming that over 12,000 people attended a protest and worship service on the California State Capitol grounds on Sunday.
Worship pastor Sean Feucht has been holding Christian concerts across the US amid the coronavirus pandemic in defiance of local orders against large gatherings.
Feucht rails against the preventive measures being taken to stop the spread of the virus, arguing that freedom of being able to practice religion is being infringed.
Official Capitol Hill police estimate was 12,000 tonight in Sacramento!!! 😭😭😭😭
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) September 7, 2020
“Powerful politicians and social media giants have engaged in unchartered abuses of religious liberty, silencing the faithful, banning our voices, and outright attacking our God-given right to declare His goodness,” Feucht writes on his website LetUsWorship.us where he live streams the concerts and urges people to sign a petition.
Thousands have attended Feucht’s events, which have the vibe of a rally or concert more than a prayer service.
On Sunday, Feucht held an event on the front steps of the California State Capitol building. He claims that Capitol Police estimated about 12,000 people attended.
As could be seen in videos taken from the rally, social distancing was not enforced and many – if not most – attendees were not wearing face masks.
According to California Highway Patrol’s guidance for in-person protests on Capitol grounds, there is no longer a limit on how many people can attend constitutionally-protected First Amendments activities. However, strict physical distancing of a minimum of six-feet between attendees should be implemented for events.