USA TODAY reporter Michael J. Stern notes that the Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee is telling people not to wear masks in church despite the COVID Delta variant spread through the country.
The church is headed by Pastor Greg Locke, a strong supporter of President Trump and a COVID denier who threatened to kick people out of the church on July 25 for wearing masks (below).
And here we are.— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) August 5, 2021
A church is mandating, in the middle of a deadly global pandemic, that people remove an item that will keep them safe … in order to prove allegiance to God.
There’s only 1 step between this and the Kool Aid and Jim Jones. pic.twitter.com/Mh97akPAai
Radical right-wing pastor Greg Locke declares that if anyone in his congregation shows up to church wearing a mask, he'll kick them out. pic.twitter.com/9TUktdr3av— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 25, 2021