Sean Feucht, an evangelical Christian singer who has a history of defying COVID guidelines, is planning a “massive outreach” event at the Skid Row homeless encampment in Los Angeles this Wednesday, but local activists are planning to thwart his efforts with a car blockade.
Feucht started his “Let us Worship” concert series in response to government officials clamping down on religious gatherings as an effort to stem the virus’ spread, and has hosted events that featured thousands of maskless worshippers.
Feucht is planning three days of New Year’s gatherings in the Los Angeles area, which will include stops at Skid Row as well as another encampment in the neighboring city of Echo Park, raising fears of creating another outbreak within L.A.’s homeless population. L.A. and the entire Southern California region will remain in lockdown mode for at least the next month due to the virus’ record-surging levels in the state. His ministry claims they ask followers to heed COVID guidelines, but Feucht associate Charles Karuku says they’re not in the business of enforcing laws. “It’s up to the people how they choose to come,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
But Feucht is taking a less than Christian approach on his social media, calling the coverage of his event a “hit piece” in a tweet.
The @CBSLA did a hit piece on us tonight (not surprising) where a local pastor said this:
“I don’t think you need to be loving Jesus in LA right now."
You cant make this up!
Doing the works of Jesus (heal the sick, feed the poor, cast our demons) is ALL we're called to do!
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) December 30, 2020
A group called the California Poor People’s Campaign has reached out to local officials to stop Feucht’s events. “It’s a super spreader event,” Jenna Kyle of the Poor People’s Campaign told CBS Los Angeles. “They’re coming in with no masks, no social distance. They haven’t done either in their past events. Chicago tried to shut them down. New Orleans put out a statement that they regretted that they ever allowed the event to occur.”
L.A. Councilman Kevin de León said his office and the mayor’s staff will be on skid row Wednesday morning to distribute personal protective equipment and sanitation kits to homeless people. He did not mention anything about enforcing L.A.’s COVID guidelines.