Charges Against Romanian Pastor Dropped

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The city of Niles, Illinois, has dropped all four "disorderly conduct" citations against Pastor Daniel Chiu of the Romanian church Logos Baptist Ministries. Chiu received the $800 fine for holding peaceful morning and evening worship services for two consecutive Sundays.

Liberty Counsel represents Logos Baptist Ministries and Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and will file a petition for cert asking the Supreme Court to review the case in the federal lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his unconstitutional executive orders discriminating against churches.

While Gov. J.B. Pritzker removed all restrictions on churches and houses of worship when he was previously called to account to the Supreme Court, the high court ruled that the governor failed to make it absolutely clear that he would not return to the prior executive order. This month, Liberty Counsel will file a petition with the Supreme Court to consider the case for a full review since Gov. Pritzker wants to return to his restrictive orders.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, "It is beyond belief that a pastor would be charged with 'disorderly conduct' for peacefully and safely holding a church service. Think about it—a pastor who survived Communist Romania is charged with 'disorderly conduct' for holding a church service in America—the land of the free. This is shameful. The repression against the church under communism failed, and it will not succeed here in America."

This article originally appeared at lc.org.

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