The anti-mask church prohibited in the Charlotte brewery car park
A popular brewery in Charlotte’s South End district has banned a nearby church that has sworn to ignore Mecklenburg County’s mask warrant from using its parking lot.
“We will no longer allow this church to use our parking lot on Sundays,” Chris Harker, owner of Triple C Brewing Co. posted on Facebook on Friday, referring to Freedom House Church. “Freedom isn’t always free, I guess. “
Penny and Troy Maxwell, the church’s married senior pastors, have voiced their opposition to the mandate in social media posts and a statement to the Charlotte Observer.
“Mecklenburg County makes fun of the wrong people,” Penny Maxwell said in an Instagram video, adding, “Our lawyers are ready to go.”
The Freedom House Church South End campus is two minutes from the Brewery, both on Griffith Street.
In a brief phone interview on Saturday, Harker told the Charlotte Observer that the decision to block Sunday worshipers was made in the best interests of the community as a whole.
He declined further comments, including responding to Observer’s questions about how many worshipers have parked in the brewery, details of the parking contract, and how brewery management plans to enforce the brewery. ‘prohibition.
The church did not respond to an email from the Observer on Saturday requesting comment on the parking ban.
Harker’s Facebook post followed a story from Observer Friday about the church’s intentions to evade the pending mask mandate. In his post he attached a link to the story.
In a 5-4 vote, Mecklenburg County Commissioners agreed on Wednesday to remove the exemption for religious organizations from the mask mandate that takes effect on September 22.
The religious exemption previously allowed churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship not to require masks.
The Maxwells recently declined to be interviewed by the Observer, but in a joint statement, the church “is convinced that you can decide for yourself whether you wear a mask or not” and that “Although the overwhelming majority of our church don’t wear them, It’s your decision. “
“The gates of hell will not prevail,” the couple said in the statement.