Churchgoers Awarded $300K Settlement Over 2020 Arrest for Refusing to Mask Up at Outdoor Service


Three church members who were arrested for not wearing a mask during 2020 outdoor worship have been awarded $300,000, via Fox News

The Moscow, Idaho, natives sued the city in 2021, claiming that both their First and Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. Now they have been awarded a settlement for their experiences, and one of the individuals is speaking out. 

Gabriel Rench is one of the churchgoers and was featured on Fox & Friends Monday and said, “I’m very grateful that I got a victory. How many people nationwide didn’t get a victory?”

He noted the situation has been a “massive PR problem” for the city. 

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“I think really what you’re seeing in the city of Moscow is a microcosm of what’s going on nationwide,” he added. 

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Moscow, Idaho, is noted to be a college town in a red state, per Fox News. 

Rench connected this to a larger issue. He said, “Liberalism is really turning into kind of a modern-day cult. They use coercion, they want power, and they have no real moral standard that is kind of fixed for them.”

In addition, Rench criticized the city’s mayor for instituting COVID policies and then breaking them himself. 

He said, “Our mayor was breaking social distancing and masking rules. He went and played golf and drank beer with his buddies the day he shut down our town in March 2020.”

Rench also noted, “He was officiating open-door – excuse me – outside weddings a month before he had me arrested.”

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According to KTVB, the charges against Rench were eventually dropped. 

But Rench also noted city officials have yet to meet with him. They continue to cancel meetings and will not discuss what happened. 

He concluded, “They don’t really want to have real conversations, but that’s just liberalism 2.0 and cancel culture for sure.” 

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