Video: Police Arrest 3 Congregants from Doug Wilson’s Church For Singing Hymns Without Social Distancing

Police in Moscow, ID have arrested three members of Christ Church, the church led by Pastor Doug Wilson, because they were singing hymns in public without social distancing.

The arrests took place at a Psalm Sing event where around 150 people, mostly congregants, gathered to sing three acapella hymns and then the doxology at Moscow City Hall in an event organized by the Church on Wednesday afternoon.

There were 5 people in all who were cited for being in violation of Moscow’s mask/ social distancing orders.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said that they’ve been trying to be lenient with people not social distancing in public, “but at some point in time you have to enforce.”

Arrested for not social distancing

Sean and Rachel Bohnet were among the three arrested at the Psalm Sing service for singing while not wearing a mask or social distancing. Read more (developing story) at

Posted by Moscow Report on Thursday, September 24, 2020

According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily news:

Of the five cited, two also were arrested for suspicion of resisting or obstructing an officer. The fifth, Rench, was arrested but not charged with allegedly refusing to identify himself to police, according to Fry.

Fry said the officer who arrested Rench knew who he was but that Rench refused to provide his identification after the officer requested it.

This Psalm Sing was not a one-time thing, however, as Christ Church holds similar events once a month at different venues and they usually last between 25-30 minutes.

Though it is not likely to be enforced to this degree, those who violate the order are subject to a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

6 thoughts on “Video: Police Arrest 3 Congregants from Doug Wilson’s Church For Singing Hymns Without Social Distancing

  1. God bless you all for your boldness. He has given us a spirit of boldness, not timidity. Continue to fight the good fight in this raging world. It is only the light of the gospel that can dispel the darkness. Praying for Christ Church!

  2. Police should be protecting people from criminal activity not arresting Christians for singing too close together under a health mandate that isn’t even needed!

  3. This is how it begins. “I was just following orders” is not sufficient reason for violating ones conscience and morality. We as believers in America are entering a new period of hardship that will only continue to increase. This will divide the sheep from the goats, and the true people of God will rejoice that they are counted worthy of suffering for his sake. Truth has fallen in the streets and God is looking for men from among the people who will stand in the gap. May we be such men.

  4. My religious freedoms should be FREE. The constitution still exists. Police officers should not be made to do this – they have enough to do!

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