Pastors have spoken out against quarantine restrictions which prevent people from even holding funeral rites.
The leaders of religious congregations in the US state of California have taken the unusual step. Since, according to quarantine rules, churches are not allowed to operate, the pastors declared their establishments as strip clubs for their parishioners, whose activities, unlike churches, are allowed.
Thanks to this provision, Awaken Church in San Diego and Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Towanda Oaks have declared themselves strip clubs to get around the rules.
Pastor Jürgen Mattezius of Awaken wrote on Instagram: “Strip clubs (not churches) are exempt from restrictions. Our governor considers them necessary. So decided we are now a family friendly strip club. In a video uploaded online, two church members can be seen on stage taking off their jackets and ties to the applause of the audience.”
Rob McCoy, pastor of another church, supported his colleague by criticising the quarantine restrictions which prevent people from even holding funeral services.
The reaction was a response to a statement by the former governor of Arkansas, who publicly allowed a joke that churches would be allowed to operate if they became strip clubs.
The situation has already come to the attention of the Supreme Court and it is expected to decide whether the churches will be allowed to operate or indeed change their signs to strip clubs.