CHRISTIANS ARRESTED: Police Arrest Christians Singing Hymns During Outdoor Worship Service [#GabrielRench #PsalmSing] 09/24
Apparently we're arresting people for singing hymns in America. pic.twitter.com/rR5oTmsrMI
— Matt Carobini (@carobini) September 24, 2020
In Moscow, Idaho city police arrested 3 people today at a Church Psalm sing. Craziness! pic.twitter.com/ddi2c7eaAx
— Jesse Sumpter (@jesse_sumpter) September 24, 2020
A “psalm sing” attended by more than 150 people Wednesday in the Moscow City Hall parking lot led to 3 arrests, including that of Latah County commission candidate Gabriel Rench.
Gabriel Rench, a Moscow Republican running against incumbent Moscow Democrat Tom Lamar in November’s election, was one of 5 people cited by Moscow police for suspicion of being in violation of Moscow’s mask/social distancing order, according to Moscow Police Chief James Fry.
Of the 5 cited, 2 also were arrested for suspicion of resisting or obstructing an officer.
he fifth, Gabriel Rench, was arrested but not charged with allegedly refusing to identify himself to police, according to James Fry.
James Fry said the officer who arrested Gabriel Rench knew who he was but that Gabriel Rench refused to provide his identification after the officer requested it.
James Fry said none of the 5 cited were wearing masks or social distancing.
The 5 mask order citations were the first given by Moscow police.
The mask order took effect in early July and states face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor public settings where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained with nonhousehold members.
Those who violate the order are subject to a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum punishment of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
James Fry said officers preach community policing,
“but at some point in time you have to enforce.”
James Fry said the department has been “very lenient” on enforcing the order and officers have tried to work with every group to prevent incidents like Wednesday’s from happening.
The event was promoted on Christ Church’s Facebook page as a “flash psalm sing.”
It started at 4:45 p.m. and most people had left within 30 minutes of it starting.
Ben Zornes, a Christ Church pastor and organizer of the event, said the church hosts psalm, or hymn, events about once a month at places like Friendship Square, East City Park or at a house.
Ben Zornes said Wednesday’s psalm sing was also a fitting way to show that residents want a return to normalcy in the face of COVID-19.
“We wanted to make a statement we’re ready to head back to normal.”
– Ben Zornes
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Moscow-Pullman Daily News