Moscow, Idaho pays $300,000 to Christians arrested for singing psalms outdoors during Covid
· Jul 28, 2023 ·

Three individuals who were arrested in Moscow, Idaho for participating in a maskless, outdoors Psalm singing in 2020 have now settled a lawsuit against the city that requires Moscow to pay the victims $300,000.

This is just another significant win for Christians who fought back against the Covid mandates and the anti-religious prosecution from local governments.

Gabriel Rench, along with Sean Bohnet and his wife Rachel, members of Christ Church in Moscow, were arrested in September 2020 when they were three of an estimated 500 participants in an "illegal" worship service.

(The church's pastor, Douglas Wilson, has appeared over on The Babylon Bee podcast a few times if you want to learn more about the obvious domestic extremists who threatened State power by singing psalms outside, but be warned: you might become a Christian Nationalist!)

With the conclusion of the lawsuit, the city is admitting fault and admitting they had no right to shut down services.

The $300,000 settlement pays for the legal fees of the 3 defendants with about $150,000 leftover to go to the persecuted believers.

Rench told the Spokesman that despite the end of the legal saga, he still believed that city officials "really don't care about justice," citing the fact that none of them were willing to meet with him to discuss their "egregious" conduct on the day of the protest. The Bohnets pointed out that they had been victims of "slander" and "lies" over their involvement in what was nothing more than a peaceful demonstration after video of their arrest went viral.''

I think this pessimistic take is probably correct. The city cares about getting out of court with the least damage done. Apparently, they think $300k is a reasonable price to pay.

The charges against the trio were dismissed in January of 2021. This settlement is the result of a lawsuit by the three against the city.

In both cases, the Christians (and religious liberty) ended up on the winning side against the government. You love to see it.

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