Pastors Fleeing Communism Now Face Persecution in America

May 4, 2020

Romanian pastors experienced being arrested under the heavy hand of Communism in years past – but now they face arrest here in the United States for merely holding church!

Many Romanian pastors fled the Communist oppression of Eastern Europe. Persecuted for years, these men of faith had been arrested, beaten and tortured, for proclaiming the name of Jesus and shepherding their flocks in Communist Romania. After World War II, the Soviet Regime closed churches and arrested pastors and believers alike.

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These men fled Romania for America, where they knew their right to worship was not simply a law that could be voted away by anti-Christian forces but instead was a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution itself.

But these Romanian Pastors, seemingly safe on America’s shores, are once again facing persecution and arrest – this time at the hands of American government officials who want churches closed!

Never did these Romanian pastors imagine their adopted "free" country would once again put them under threat of arrest for holding church – yet that is exactly what Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with several other American governors, have done.

Liberty Counsel will be filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of several Romanian pastors and churches in Illinois this week.

The attacks on America’s religious freedom have grown so numerous that Liberty Counsel is actively representing, defending and/or counseling several hundred pastors and churches around the country.

We have filed suit on behalf of churches in three separate states so far and are preparing for several others. And while the KY and US Attorneys General have already filed supportive briefs in our Kentucky and Virginia cases respectively, we still must continue litigating these cases. And we continue the fight for freedom in nearly 40 states where churches, synagogues, pastors and rabbis have called Liberty Counsel for help.

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When we formed Liberty Counsel in 1989, we knew we were taking on God’s work as we set out to defend the unborn. But, like the Romanian pastors we now represent in Illinois, we never dreamed that one day we would have to defend churches in which pastors face the threat of arrest for holding church!

  • We never dreamed we would have to defend a pastor who had been arrested for opening his church and providing meals to 900 deeply impoverished families, as in the case of The River Church of Tampa, FL.
  • We never dreamed we would have to defend an entire congregation put on the equivalent of house arrest for sitting in their own cars listening to church over loudspeakers, as in Maryville Baptist Church of Kentucky. By the way, we received a 3-0 ruling from a federal appeals court on Saturday against Gov. Beshear’s outrageous, unconstitutional edicts oppressing churches!
  • We never dreamed we would have to file a Federal lawsuit on behalf of a pastor who opened his doors so that 16 members in desperate need of in-person counseling could come together to worship without being put in handcuffs, like at Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague Island, VA. By the way, on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed in support of our case!
  • We never dreamed we would have to defend a church against a mayor who demanded churches hand over membership lists along with names, addresses and phone numbers of all attendees, as is the situation right now for every church in Kansas City, MO.

We never dreamed that we, or anyone else, would have to FIGHT to keep our churches open and unencumbered by anti-religious politicians who, having sworn to uphold and protect the United States Constitution, use a crisis opportunity to shred that Constitution and shutter our churches.

Pastors are being illegally arrested right here in America for holding church. Fund the fight to keep religious freedom FREE in America - Select here or the button below

We have reached a critical juncture in American history. Will we be a free country, or will we be a country who, like the Communist regime the Romanian pastors fled, forces houses of worship underground and imprisons pastors and the faithful for proclaiming Gods Word?

My friend, we believers KNOW that true liberty is found in Christ and the strength of America was built on our open and unimpeded worship of the Lord God Almighty.

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In addition to these many cases, we continue to defend Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood whistleblower Sandra Merritt, pro-life sidewalk counselors and so many other clients.

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Please also continue to be in prayer for our Liberty Counsel team.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

In Christ,

Mat Staver
Chairman and Founder

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