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Colorado governor updates public health order, allowing churches to remain open

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Governor Jared Polis has updated a public health order following a KRDO NewsChannel 13 Investigation into a Colorado Springs church that defied the order by continuing to hold services.

The order now says Houses of Worship can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic if they practice extreme social distancing.

Now the Colorado Springs Fellowship tells KRDO it will keep its doors open while following the new order.

The compliance comes after a KRDO investigation revealed the church remained open despite the governor's order banning gatherings of 10 or more.

"We will comply, but please understand our position. That this is something, church is, for many people their whole life," Vice President of the church board Lamont Banks said. "They come and they get spiritually fed and spiritually talked to and encouraged. Because everybody is going through something different in their lives.

Banks said church leaders never intended to break the rules but wanted to make sure their religious rights were not infringed upon.

He said the church will inform members of social distancing requirements.

"Hold ourselves accountable from the leadership down. Hold ourselves accountable to make sure we do the necessary things that we must to do to keep this a safe place and a refuge for those who come here," Banks explained.

The church leadership also plans to encourage anyone who is concerned about attending services to stay home.

"If you are sick, if you aren't feeling well, stay at home so you don't spread what you have," church board chairman Cliff Stewart said.

The ministry said now more than ever people need to on to their faith.

"You have to take comfort and a higher power and we at Coloorado Springs Fellowship believe God is that higher power," Stewart said.

The Governor's Office released this statement to KRDO on Thursday regarding the public health orders:

"The order is clear and we ask everyone to follow. It's important to remind people that this executive order is the law and voluntary compliance is key to success. Our goal is to save lives and in order to do that, we need to do it together."

Colorado Springs / Investigations / Local News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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28 Comments

    1. You do know this change to the order is that ALL Houses of Worship can stay open. Colorado Springs Fellowship Church was one to take a stand and NOT close the doors. Other churches should have done the same thing and the media would not have picked on this one church.

    1. KRDO has always been that way only to tell one side of the story. Makes you question their credibility as a news source. They should always tell both sides of the story at the same time which has not been the case.

      KRDO owes the church an apology ON AIR for not talking about the church memebers religious rights but only talking about the governors Stay At Home order.

      1. What is the other side of this story? Letting churches remain open is a poor decision. Apparently Polis has no balls. Ever been in a church. The only way to practice “extreme social distancing” in a church it to not go. This is a bad, bad, bad decision. This single decision could undermine all of our efforts to date.

      2. Maybe this church should do an apology to our community for putting us all at risk. Please follow the second great commandment – Love thy neighbor – and not gather right now.

  1. I guess they haven’t figured out a way to pass the collection plate for all that wonderful untraceable cash remotely.
    Worship any higher power in any means you choose, but be respectful of the community in which you live. Can they not grasp that many other religious organizations have seen the threat that COVID-19 presents and have chosen to alter their methods to protect the toddler at home, to protect grandma, and cousin Sue that has an autoimmune problem.
    The only reason I can see to insist on in-person worship during this crisis it because e-donations are traceable and have to be accounted for, whereas all the $5 and $10 bills in the collection plate are not.

      1. You know. You should tell the governor about this church’s history and all the community programs they have helping the schools, military and random acts of kindness. He and others might like to hear about that. You notice KRDO didn’t report or do a story about all that.

    1. I have a right to expect people to NOT spread ANY virus around my community by their own willful actions of neglect and this edict, and these actions as well, amount to nothing less than a violation of the Ninth Amendment and this is actionable in a court of law.

      Not only can the CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS be prosecuted for this, the City employees can be sued for the same in their personal capacity which strips away any governmental immunity. Further this violates the First Amendment in that it gives churches rights that it does NOT give me.
      I look forward to suing ALL public officials who allowed this as soon as the courthouses are open to the public again. (Why are the courthouses closed if the churches are open? This in itself violates mine and everyone else’s Fifth Amendment right to due process.)
      If death occurs as the result of either the City’s actions or the church’s action then everyone involved can receive the death penalty according to Colorado tort laws.
      Further, I think it is time to drain the swamp in Colorado Springs no matter what that entails. It’s high time to cleanse America of you Hillary voting dumb@$$e$ and other assorted Colorado cucks.

      1. Looks like KRDO’s legal lap dog was wrong on this one! So we can keep liquor stores, pawn shops, shooting ranges open but not a church? The logic never seemed right. I wonder if this was New Life Church if it would have gotten the same reaction.

        1. KRDO was dead on on this one only Polis caved. What’s the point of keeping people away from one another if you’re gonna let them all gather on Sunday? That’s common sense stupid.

  2. Polis isn’t ALL stupid, he’s smart enough to avoid a federal civil rights lawsuit by doing this.

    It also reveals that his “order” isn’t worth the paper on which it’s written.

        1. Obey mindlessly? I’ve been staying home and not attending church for two weeks now. Anyone with half a brain should be able to conclude it’s the wise thing to do. It’s the mindless that need to be told to stay at home. The mindless can’t think for themselves.

  3. Actually it is a violation of anyone’s rights to tell them that they can or can not do something. As long as they practice good hygiene and social distancing, there is nothing wrong with them meeting. They probably see each other anyway.

    1. That is not true. You cannot murder and the law telling you that is not a violation of your rights. The supreme court has already weighed in on this in Jacobson v Massachusetts.

  4. This needs to be done now. If we get enough people to see this …it’s a start. See below…Warren Buffet sent this.

    Warren Buffett, “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

    I am asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    *Congressional Reform Act of 2019*

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 7/1/19. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term’s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.

  5. Is this a joke , to my understanding god can hear you for your home. Why people is their always #1 to start making it hard for everyone else doing the right thing. This is not the time to start playing God because all All lives matter All so please letall help one another

  6. This is the most irresponsible action Polis could have taken. I hope someone makes a video of this church this coming sunday because i would be very surprised if this church can follow the social distancing requirement. And I applauded Polis for the stay at home order but he totally caved. Kind of makes his order pointless.

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