Religious leaders are taking legal action against closing churches to public worship during Covid lockdown
- Church leaders claim that worship restrictions violate Article 9 of the Human Rights Act
- More than 100 are seeking judicial review of church closings
- They are also challenging the Welsh government's similar ban during the fire
Religious Leaders have launched legal lawsuits against churches closing to public worship during lockdown.
A group of more than 100 people are seeking a judicial review of the UK Government's decision to ban churchgoers from worshiping together in England.
They are also challenging the Welsh government's similar ban during their 17-day hiatus, which ended earlier this month.
Religious leaders have filed a legal lawsuit against the closing of churches to public worship during the lockdown [file photo]
The legal challenge is led by Pastor Ade Omooba, co-founder of the Christian Concern campaign group
Church leaders claim that the restrictions on public worship violate Article 9 of the Human Rights Act on Freedom of Expression of Religious Beliefs.
They also suggest that the government has not established how high the risk of a public collective worship service would be.
The legal challenge is led by Pastor Ade Omooba, co-founder of the Christian Concern campaign group.
"We have no choice but to conduct a judicial review … at this pivotal moment for freedom to worship in the Church," he said.
"We call on the government to recognize the vital importance of church service and the principle of church autonomy."