You remember Pastor Tony Spell. The head of Louisiana’s Life Tabernacle Church was first arrested in April — remember April?! — for aggravated assault against a protester. But he became notorious for holding in-person church gatherings and putting countless people in harm’s way. Despite being under house arrest, he defied the law to preach at his nearby church multiple times a week, even asking supporters to send him portions of their stimulus checks.
That guy is still in trouble with the law. Yesterday, a judge denied his motion to dismiss the six criminal counts he faces — and he didn’t even get that news directly from her. He had to hear it from his lawyer outside the building, because he wasn’t allowed inside, because he chose not to wear a mask, because he’s a professional Christian asshole.
“You just ruled against God,” Spell said outside the 19th Judicial District courthouse. “Get ready for the judgment of God.”
Dozens from his flock joined him outside the building — where they eschewed masks, held American flags and wore T-shirts in support of “free breathing.”
“We will never comply, and we will always resist,” Spell said. “We will always stand up for the word of God and the First Amendment of the United States.”
420,000 people have died from COVID, many of them because of Christians like Spell who refuse to take even the most basic of precautions because they’re too arrogant to think about anybody else. Spell deserves the prison time he faces if convicted of these charges,
Remember: It’s not just him. He’s used his platform to spread lies about COVID. He’s said science doesn’t support wearing masks (which is not true). He’s told his congregation to avoid any potential vaccine. He’s said wearing masks is the precursor to the Antichrist.
The reason the United States is a global embarrassment right now is because too many Americans refuse to accept the science while GOP politicians refused to take actions that could upset their insane voters. Nothing’s going to get better unless these people are punished — or at least publicly shamed. Spell wants to be a martyr for the faith. He thinks everyone is persecuting him. More Christians need to speak out against dangerous actions.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)