Charges dropped against Romanian pastor

Monday, September 21, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 1A municipal court in Illinois has dropped the fines it levied against a Romanian Baptist pastor in the town of Niles.

Logos Baptist Ministries is one of two Romanian churches the religious freedom law firm Liberty Counsel is representing in the Chicago area. On Friday, a court representing the City of Niles dismissed "disorderly conduct" citations it had written to the church and its pastor, Daniel Chiu.

Attorney Harry Mihet with Liberty Counsel explains the pastor had been fined $800 for holding peaceful morning and evening worship services for two consecutive Sundays, but that the legal group was able to get the city – a suburb of Chicago – to dismiss the four citations against Pastor Chiu and his church.

Mihet, Harry (Liberty Counsel)Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church – located in Chicago proper – is still facing similar fines and COVID shutdown restrictions. But the attorney says the tide is turning.

"Well, actually we've had a string of victories in this case," Mihet shares, "starting with Governor J.B. Pritzker cancelling his unconstitutional church closing orders back in May, minutes before he was called to account at the U.S. Supreme Court."

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tried to publicly disparage Elim Pentecostal by putting onerous parking restrictions on the surrounding neighborhoods, hoping to get the neighbors angry at the church. While Mihet acknowledges that backfired and the mayor took most of the heat, he says it was still "a very brazen and really sickening attempt to incite hate against God's people."

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver calls it "beyond belief" that Pastor Chiu, who survived Communist Romania and came to "The Land of the Free," was cited by local authorities for convening worship services.

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