The same city that allowed anarchists to take over its downtown for weeks and is playing host to anti-Trump protests over Labor Day weekend has slammed the door on a Christian event using a city park.
The city department did not cite the event in a statement announcing the closure, but invoked COVID-19 in saying the park would be closed for Labor Day “due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents.”
“Out of concerns for the safety of all those who visit Gas Works Park we have opted to close the entire park for the day,” the department said. “Seattle Parks and Recreation does not allow unpermitted public events to take place in Seattle parks and asks the public [to] continue to adhere to current public health guidelines so that we can keep our parks open.”
The official statement about the park closing said the city department is “also committed to ensuring that parks do not become spaces where COVID-19 is transmitted. Prolonged close contact with a large group, without the use of a mask, is the type of behavior that public health experts have determined to hold a high risk for transmission of COVID-19.”
Bunk, replied Feucht in a statement.
“This is the height of hypocrisy for the City of Seattle to turn a blind eye to riots, looting, and antifa, while refusing to let Christians gather in a public park to sing and worship,” he said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“First the government shuts down churches. Now it’s shutting down parks to stop us from worshipping. Time to stand up church!” he wrote.
Feucht said it was religious discrimination to ban his rally but allow liberal protests.
For example, the group Refuse Fascism was allowed to hold a “Trump/Pence Out Now” march from Westlake Park on Saturday.
The Seattle Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression was allowed to hold a rally Sunday in Cal Anderson Park to “protest the reprehensible treatment of Seattle’s most marginalized communities by the Seattle Police Department.”
Feucht is currently leading worship events on America’s West Coast, and posted on social media about the success of his work.
Feucht appeared in Seattle last month at Cal Anderson Park, where his rally drew both those seeking to find or express their faith and antifa protesters who heckled rally-goers.