NO PERMIT? Christian musician with gathering of more than 500 [#SeanFeucht] 09/18
A cross-country traveling Christian musician gathered more than 500 people for a concert Thursday at Edgewater Park, where he was cited by Cleveland Metroparks police for not having a permit.
On his Facebook page, Sean Feucht said
“close to 3,000 determined Ohioans … trekked 1-2 miles up a hill to worship on the edge of the city! So so so many gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized in the frigid waters of Lake Erie!!”
Photos show a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, as well as many participants not wearing masks.
Religious services, protests and political events are exempt from Ohio’s social gathering limits and mask mandate.
Organizers, who said they were with the Unity Revival Movement, claimed they spoke with someone from the city about the permit for the concert, but the city does not govern the Cleveland Metroparks, according to a police report.
The organizers also felt they did not need a permit because it was a prayer protest.
An officer said that they could put away their instruments and not receive a citation.
But they decided to have the concert anyway.
A man named Kurt Klingelhofer took responsibility as one of the organizers and received the citation, said the Cleveland Metroparks.
About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the police blocked car access to Edgewater, since they were concerned about how the concert would affect other visitors.
Sean Feucht, who ran as a Republican for U.S. Congress in California’s primary election this year, has had concerts in cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago and Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he and mostly unmasked concertgoers go against social distancing regulations.
The theme is #LetUsWorship, and the concerts have targeted cities where Black Lives Matter protests have been held.
Sean Feucht claimed that the goal of the concert in Kenosha, where Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot 7 times in the back by police during August 2020, was to bring unity and healing.
Sean Feucht said that he was calling on Christians to rise up in defiance against “double standard” of coronavirus restrictions.
“I would say at best it’s hypocrisy and at worst, it’s bigotry. We are seeing across America thousands of people gather and protest in the streets and our cities are burning, and yet we’re not allowed to gather and worship and sing. It’s pretty outrageous.”
– Sean Feucht
Ohio has never banned or limited religious services.
Sean Feucht’s next round of concerts are scheduled for Florida, as he will be in Tampa on Friday.
Concerts in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Worth, Texas, will follow the Tampa event.
Christian musician Sean Feucht cited at Edgewater Park with gathering of more than 500: