Church Sues Louisville Mayor Over Drive-In Ban

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville church is suing Mayor Greg Fischer (D-Louisville) for banning drive-in services amid concerns of spreading COVID-19.

First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization, announced Friday it filed a temporary restraining order for On Fire Christian Church, seeking to block the mayor’s ban.

“Protecting basic religious freedoms is essential, in both good times and bad,” said Roger Byron, Senior Counsel at First Liberty.  “We continue to advise religious institutions to follow the CDC’s guidelines and avoid mass gatherings, but the mayor’s prohibition on drive-in church services goes beyond those guidelines and violates state and federal law.”​

Fischer announced the ban on Tuesday, saying, “On Sunday morning there will be hundreds of thousands of people driving around our community. This is not the time to put large numbers of people in the same space.”