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US: Mark Dever’s church sues local officials in Washington DC

November 2020

Mark Dever
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A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia over restrictions on worship gatherings.

The legal action, taken by Capitol Hill Baptist Church, claims that the District’s administration is violating its First Amendment rights by openly tolerating mass protests while prohibiting worship services of more than 100 people, indoors or outdoors.

The church’s senior pastor is Mark Dever. A statement published by the church said, ‘A church is not a building that can be opened and closed. A church is not an event to be watched. A church is a community that gathers regularly and that community should be treated fairly by the District government.’