An award-winning Christian and cross-over recording artist performed without a mask at a worship protest earlier this year in the French Quarter, so New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell wants to ban Lauren Daigle from the Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve show.
Daigle, who is from Lafayette, Louisiana, performed mask-less during Sean Feucht’s “Let Us Worship” protest in November in New Orleans’ Jackson Square. Hundreds of people attended the event that was held without an official permit.
She is not scheduled to be among the featured performers in the annual Dick Clark entertainment, part of which will originate from New Orleans.
“Ms Daigle cannot and should not be rewarded with national media exposure and the public spotlight,” Cantrell wrote to Dick Clark Productions in a December 9 letter that was made available to the media.
“She harmed our people, she risked the lives of our residents and she strained our first responders in a way that is unconscionable — during a public health crisis. This is not who we are and she cannot be allowed to represent New Orleans and the people she willfully endangered.”
It’s not even clear, however, according to media reports, if Daigle was ever slated to be part of the event, even though she has won two Grammy Awards and five Billboard Music Awards.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is defending Daigle and the Feucht protest worship event, telling the singer in a letter that her “rights to protest and worship are enshrined in the First Amendment. I vow to do everything in my power to protect them.”
Landry also offered to assist Daigle in clearing the way for her to perform in “more hospitable regions in our state, like your home Parish of Lafayette, if you and Dick Clark Productions wish to move the event.”
Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory blasted Cantrell, according to the Charlotte Observer, saying on Facebook that,“One of our greatest shining talents is kept from a worldwide audience waiting for her message of hope. And our most famous city is again left behind. It’s this kind of unthinking venom, lashing out without regard, that is destroying our country.”
With the Supreme Court’s Brooklyn diocese decision last month and the multiple decisions that have followed there and in lower courts upholding the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, it is likely inevitable that cultural controversies that embody the same issues will also demand attention in Congress.
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