An estimated nine to ten thousand people attended a “Let Us Worship” protest in downtown Nashville on late Sunday afternoon. The event was hosted by Sean Feucht, a Christian artist known for his leadership in the California-based megachurch, Bethel Church.
Attendees flocked to the Public Square in downtown Nashville, in front of Metro Courthouse. The day of the event, Feucht announced in a Twitter video the last-minute arrangements for time and location.
“It’s officially a protest, okay? So it’s legal!”
According to Feucht, police officers estimated that nine to ten thousand people were in attendance. The event reportedly didn’t have a permit.
“I EXALT THEE” in downtown Nashville, Tennessee!!!
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) October 12, 2020
The Metro Public Health Department issued a statement Monday that the city would take action against Feucht.
“The Metro Public Health Department is working with other Metro Departments to investigate the event that took place Sunday in front of the Metro Courthouse. The event organizer did not submit an application to the Health Department or permit application to any Metro department. We have worked very hard to slow the spread of COVID by taking a measured approach to the community. The Health Department is very concerned by the actions that took place at the event and we are investigating and will pursue appropriate penalties against the organizer.”
The department didn’t issue any statements on adherence to pandemic mandates following the George Floyd protests and riots back in May.
Nashville is currently in Phase III. Any events over 25 people must have approval from the Metro Department of Health, with a maximum of 500 people or 30 percent capacity. All event attendees must wear masks.
Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake also issued a statement on the matter rebuking the leaders and attendees:
At a time when Nashville has been making real progress at controlling the spread of coronavirus, I am greatly disappointed that the organizer of Sunday’s event and those in attendance did not better prioritize their health and the health of others through social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Personal responsibility is a necessity regardless of the purpose for a public event.
The chief added that their department is assisting the Metro Health Department in reviewing the event.
“Let Us Worship” is one in a series of similar protests hosted by Feucht against COVID-19 restrictions across the nation. The movement began in California following Governor Gavin Newsom’s ban on singing in churches. In the past month alone, Feucht hosted events attended consistently by thousands in Georgia, North Carolina, California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado.
Feucht is also known for founding “Hold the Line,” a political activism movement encouraging Christians to get involved in politics. Feucht ran for California’s 3rd Congressional District, losing the primary election in March.
Another “Let Us Worship” occurred in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday night.
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