Tag Archives: Tony Spell

Branch Covidian Refuses To Wear Face Mask In Court

The Christian Post reports: Louisiana Pentecostal Pastor Tony Spell, who was charged for violating state orders by holding in-person worship services during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, was prevented from entering a courthouse Tuesday because he refused to wear a mask. Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, appeared at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse as he faced …

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Branch Covidian: I’ll Comply When Popsicles Sell In Hell

Baton Rouge’s NBC News affiliate reports: While on house arrest, Pastor Tony Spell put a short video together titled, “Change of Heart.” Pastor Spell says, “we will never comply with the governor’s orders to move church services outside.” As of midnight, churches are allowed to have indoor services at 25% of their State Fire Marshal capacity. Pastor Tony Spell replied …

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Branch Covidian Pastor Sues Dem Louisiana Governor

Baton Rouge’s ABC affiliate reports: Rev. Tony Spell wants a federal judge to block authorities in Louisiana from enforcing bans on gatherings against him. He’s also asking to be paid for what his attorney said are “unconstitutional restrictions” and “unconstitutional punishments.” These requests are made in a federal lawsuit filed by Spell’s attorney on Thursday, May 7. Among the claims …

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LOUISIANA: Police Swamped With Calls After Mother Of Branch Covidian Pastor Posts Their Emergency Number

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: People dialing the Central Police Department are reportedly having difficulties getting through after supporters of an arrested pastor have flooded the lines, according to a post from the agency. Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said that the mother of arrested Central pastor Tony Spell posted the agency’s phone number on her Facebook page and encouraged …

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Baton Rouge Paper: Lock Up Branch Covidian Pastor

From the editorial board of the Baton Rouge Advocate: The Rev. Tony Spell’s services, during a highly contagious outbreak of a deadly disease, make the church a tabernacle of death. The many summonses and misdemeanor counts — few of the clergy are accused of trying to use a church bus to run down a protester outside services — have failed …

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LOUISIANA: No Jail For Defiant Branch Covidian Pastor Tony Spell, Judge Is Worried He Might Infect Prisoners

TMZ reports: Tony Spell showed up yesterday and falsely claimed his congregations were practicing social distancing — in fact, the video clearly shows the congregants were packed in. Spell also displayed his ankle bracelet as an act of defiance to the judge who ordered him to wear it after getting arrested for allegedly trying to run over a protester. Now, …

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Branch Covidian Pastor Defies Court, Holds Services

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: The pastor of a Central church who has defied state orders to limit the size of crowds at his worship service violated another order Sunday — preaching from the pulpit despite a judge’s directive that he stay at home under house arrest. Wearing an ankle monitor attached after he was accused of threatening to run …

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Branch Covidian Pastor Won’t Surrender On Warrant

The Washington Post reports: A megachurch pastor in Louisiana who has defied orders intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by holding large worship services is facing criminal charges for driving a church bus backward toward a protester outside the church, authorities said Monday. Spell wrote in a text message that he would not surrender and that authorities would …

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Branch Covidian Pastor Wanted On Assault Charge

Baton Rouge’s ABC News affiliate reports: Police have issued an arrest warrant for the controversial pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana. The warrant accuses pastor Tony Spell of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Central Police Department says. Police in Central say Spell allegedly backed up a church bus into the direction of a person protesting in …

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Attendance Craters At Branch Covidian Church After Death Of Parishioner, Pastor Says Head Count Is A Lie

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: Attendance at a Central church headed by a pastor who has defied Louisiana’s attempts to restrict crowd size appears to be shrinking from recent weeks, police said Sunday, as the pastor brushed off law enforcement head counts as untrue. ” Sunday’s service at Life Tabernacle Church attracted about 130 people, down from nearly 500 who …

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Parishioner At Branch Covidian Church Dies Of COVID

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: A 78-year-old man who attended a Central church that has bucked state stay-at-home restrictions has died from the illness tied to the novel coronavirus. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Harold Orillion, a parish resident, died from the COVID-19 respiratory illness on Wednesday. Three sources told The Advocate that Orillion had ties to the …

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Branch Covidian’s Lawyer Hospitalized With COVID

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: A Baton Rouge lawyer who is part of the legal team representing a Central church and its pastor defying state social distancing orders during the coronavirus pandemic has been hospitalized because of the coronavirus. The lawyer, Jeff Wittenbrink, attended two events at Life Tabernacle Church — an April 2 news conference and an April 5 …

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Hundreds Attend Services At Branch Covidian Church

The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of worshippers attended services at a Louisiana church on Sunday, flouting a ban on large gatherings, angering neighbors and seemingly turning a deaf ear to their governor, who once again warned that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with new cases of the coronavirus. An estimated 500 people of all ages filed inside the mustard-yellow and …

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Branch Covidian Megachurch Expects 2000 For Easter: “God Will Shield Us As We Stand Against The Antichrist”

Reuters reports: A handful of holdout U.S. churches plan to hold in-person services on Easter Sunday, saying their right to worship in person outweighs public health officials’ warnings against holding large gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak. “Satan and a virus will not stop us,” said the Reverend Tony Spell, 42, pastor of the evangelical Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge, …

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Defiant Pastor: If My Parishioners Die, It’s For God

TMZ reports: “If they die, they die.” Yes, a now-infamous Louisiana pastor got all “Rocky IV” on us, saying, if any of his church members die from the virus, they’ll have done so in the name of God and freedom. Tony Spell, leader of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, tells TMZ he thinks true Christians do not mind dying …

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BRANCH COVIDIANS: Louisiana Pastor To Hold Three Services Today As “We Are Resisting The Antichrist”

Reuters reports: “We’re defying the rules because the commandment of God is to spread the Gospel,” Louisiana pastor Tony Spell said in an interview with Reuters. Spell, 42, who plans to hold three services at his 1,000-member Life Tabernacle megachurch in a Baton Rouge suburb on Palm Sunday, has defied state orders against assembling in large groups and has already …

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Roy Moore To Represent Pastor In Lockdown Defiance

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and two-time U.S. Senate candidate, will serve as an adviser for a Central pastor, and his church, during expected litigation over the religious leader’s defiance of state orders limiting public gatherings to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Moore and the Rev. Tony Spell said …

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Pastor Holds Services Hours After Being Charged And Taunts Local Cops: You Can’t Arrest Thousands Of Us

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: The pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central went ahead with an evening religious service Tuesday night just hours after city police cited him over allegations he violated a state order to limit crowd sizes during an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Pastor Tony Spell is accused of violating provisions of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ …

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Louisiana Pastor Charged For Holding Services After Saying That Coronavirus Is “Politically Motivated” Hoax

NBC News reports: A Louisiana pastor who continues to flout a ban on large gatherings was issued a summons from police for violating the governor’s executive order. The pastor, Mark Anthony Spell, who goes by Tony, of Life Tabernacle Church, told NBC News in a brief phone interview Tuesday afternoon that police had given him the summonses for the six …

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Megachurches Continue To Hold Services Because The Coronavirus Is A “Politically Motivated” Hoax [VIDEO]

Bloomberg News reports: Congregants of megachurches in Louisiana, Ohio and Florida attended services in defiance of social distancing orders on Sunday morning, even as politicians and doctors took to weekly news shows to warn of coronavirus’s spread in the U.S. In Louisiana, which has seen a spike in cases and has a shelter-in-place order, the Life Tabernacle Church in the …

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