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January 8, 2021Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate state-imposed fines on Legacy and Calvary megachurches for packing their Christmas services beyond capacity limits and not enforcing mask mandates. Both churches have been fined $10,000 each – $5,000 for violating the public health order prohibiting mass gatherings, and $5,000 for failure to enforce wearing masks. The Line looks at the message being sent to members by the leaders of both churches, and also at the messaging by the Governor’s administration. 

Host: Gene Grant  

The Line Opinion Panel:     
Justine Fox-Young, former NM state representative 
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies  
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital   

For More Information: 
Albuquerque Churches Hold Mass Gatherings for Christmas Service – KRQE News 13 
State Fines Churches for Violation of Public Health Order – KRQE News 13 
Megachurches Fined for Violating Public Health Orders – Albuquerque Journal 
New Mexico Megachurches Fined for Packed Christmas Services, Governor’s Office Slams as ‘Pro-Virus’  – NBC News