After MJI files lawsuit, Greenville reverses course to allow drive-in church services

By Aaron Rice
April 23, 2020

The Greenville City Council has updated their ordinance that previously prohibited drive-in church services less than a week after Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of the King James Bible Baptist Church. 

As members recently arrived at church, they were greeted by virtually every member of the Greenville police department and threatened with fines as they arrived for drive-in church services that evening.

MJI, a non-profit constitutional litigation center and the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, along with First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans, then announced a challenge to the city’s ban on drive-in church services. 

On Tuesday, the city revised their policy to expressly permit churches to host drive-in services.

King James Bible Baptist Church, and others, will be able to continue to freely worship in a way that is safe and consistent with their religious beliefs and practical needs. 


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