After a lot of the back and forth between Pastor John MacArthur's Grace Community Church and Los Angeles County, we are seeing apparent retaliation from the county towards the church. Grace Community Church has been leasing a parking lot from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works since 1975, yet has just received a 30 day notice that their lease is being terminated.
While the county is not saying that this is retaliation, the timing is definitely suspect. If it were not retaliation, then why would Los Angeles County terminate a lease in the midst of what they claim is a rampant COVID-19 pandemic.
Pastor MacArthur's attorney, Jenna Ellis, provided this statement:
Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order. In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. The Democrats' message to Americans is clear--if you don't bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. The Church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.
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