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La. Attorney General pledges support for La. musician Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle performs "You Say" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday,...
Lauren Daigle performs "You Say" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)(WKYT)
Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 2:31 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE (WVUE) -Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry offered his support for Christian musician Lauren Daigle while voicing concern over recent actions taken by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

In a letter to Daigle, Landry ‘expressed shock and dismay over Mayor Cantrell attempting to have the Louisiana native removed from the lineup of the New Orleans “New Year’s Rockin Eve” Celebration.’

AG Landry calls the move an apparent “targeting” due to Daigle’s recent expression of her faith.

“The Louisiana Legislature reinforced the rights of individuals to worship freely by adopting the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. See La. Rev. Stat. 13:5232 (”Free exercise of religion is a fundamental right of the highest order in this state.”). State and federal law protect your right to assemble in a public square to worship and protest.

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch has recently explained that the “Government is not free to disregard the First Amendment in times of crisis.” Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo. Additionally, you are entitled to protection from tortious interference with your private contractual relationships,” wrote AG Landry.

Cantrell says she’s upset that Daigle, a Louisiana native, took part in an unpermitted worship rally in Jackson Square last month.

Most people at the event were not wearing masks.

Cantrell says Daigle and the event organizers violated public health guidelines and put lives at risk amid the pandemic.

In a letter to the organizers of the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” celebration, Cantrell said:

“Ms. Daigle cannot and should not be rewarded with national media exposure and a public spotlight. She harmed our people; she risked the lives of our residents and she strained our first responders in a way that is unconscionable in the midst of a public health crisis.”

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