Mississippi church involved in coronavirus lawsuit burns, investigators consider arson

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HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is condemning a church fire that’s being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Investigators found graffiti at the burned church that read “bet you stay home now you hypokrites.” The governor said Thursday that the situation makes him furious. The church’s lawsuit alleges police officers disrupted a church Bible study and Easter service. A city attorney says nearly 40 worshipers weren’t practicing social distancing inside the church when a violation citation was issued.

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