Chincoteague Church Garners National Attention for Service Defying State of Emergency

The Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague, Accomack County is in the midst of a legal battle that’s garnering national attention, including from Vice President Mike Pence.

A lawsuit alleges the church was issued a criminal citation in early April for holding a service with 10 people, which violated the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

The United States Justice Department sides with the church, saying they maintained social distancing and had thorough sanitization regimens.

Vice President Mike Pence commented on the debacle to Fox News Radio, saying it is “beyond the pale” that the pastor was issued a criminal citation. He continued “Look, even in the midst of a national emergency, every American enjoys our cherished liberties, including the freedom of religion.”