Police in Greenville, Miss., ignited a national scandal by slapping $500 fines on Christians who attended a drive-in church service where they sat in their cars with the windows up and listened to their pastor over the radio. The mayor and city council had banned drive-in services, citing the coronavirus pandemic — despite the fact that such services could not possibly spread the virus. After national religious freedom law firms and the Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Trump got involved, Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons finally dropped the ban and said parishioners would not have to pay the tickets.
Other cities have continued their bans on drive-in church services, however, inspiring more legal battles. At least one lawsuit against Simmons is ongoing, and there are at least five other cases involving bans on drive-in church services across the country.