Louisiana Pastor Fingerprinted for Being Too Loud

A church in Louisiana is being told to shush up---or at least keep it down.

After gaining permission from the city to hold tent services while their church building underwent construction, the pastor of Vintage Church in Metairie is now being told to keep the noise at 60 decibels.

How loud is 60 decibels, you ask? Surely that level would allow for some good ol' time religion, right? A solid round of preaching and a few hymns?

Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn asked the $64,000 question. Just how loud is 60 decibels? Like a jackhammer? Maybe a boombox?

"We had a decibel meter in here yesterday," Glenn said. "I'm going to show you how loud---I'm not kidding---61 decibels is. You ready? Quiet, please. Here we go. This is 61 decibels."

That's right, the studio with only air handlers and the sound of running equipment hit 61 decibels. No talking, no back-and-forth bating, no Jeffy complaining, nada.

An outraged Glenn noted that the pastor of the church has been fingerprinted twice in front of his congregation, as well as twice fined $500. Christmas services were canceled because the city next threatened the pastor with six months in jail time.

Vintage Church Executive Pastor Matthew Brichetto has sued the sheriff and Jefferson Parish government in the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, seeking a temporary injunction to keep their services going in a tent in the church's parking lot.

Liberty Institute has also come on board to represent Vintage Church in their fight for religious freedom.

Sign a letter of support created by Liberty Institute that will go to the members of Vintage Church.


Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: Last night, on the TV show, we talked a little bit about anger, and how do you -- how do you not tolerate things? Because that's the problem. We have a toleration problem here in America. We've tolerated too much. And so how do we not tolerate what's going on without getting angry? And we told a couple of stories that I want to pass on.

There's a church in Louisiana, in New Orleans, that has had to restore their church. They had some problems. They had to restore their church. And so they have built a tent outside. They got permission from the city to build a self-enclosed tent with the heaters and air-conditioning and everything else, while they work on their building. Well, neighbors complained.

Now, there's a picture of the tent. You can see, it's a nice tent. It has doors on it, et cetera, et cetera. The neighbors complain it is right next to the church building. Neighbors complained that it was too loud. So the city got together and they have an ordinance that churches cannot be louder than 60 decibels.

Now, we're in the audio business. Pat, Stu, do you have any idea how loud 60 decibels is?

STU: Not off hand, no.

GLENN: Do you want to take a guess? How loud do you think it has to be before they shut this -- now, here's the deal. They have already gone into this church.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And they have fingerprinted the pastor twice in front of the congregation. They have given him a 500-dollar fine twice. They canceled their Christmas services because of the city, because they've told the pastor, "Next time, six months in jail." How loud is 60 decibels? Guess.

PAT: I'm going to say, more than 59. But less than 61.


GLENN: No, come on. Like jackhammer. What is 60 decibels.

PAT: Oh, less than a jackhammer.

JEFFY: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Boombox?

JEFFY: Yeah. Car radio turned up. Turned up to the max.

GLENN: Let me give you a hint. You pick up the phone, you hear the dial tone. You remember when you used to pick up the phone and have a dial tone? You pick up the phone and have a dial tone, how loud do you think that dial tone is to your ear, on a decibel meter? Eighty.


GLENN: We had a -- yes, we had a decibel meter in here yesterday. I'm going to show you how loud -- I'm not kidding -- 61 decibels is. You ready? Quite, please. Here we go. This is 61 decibels.

That's it.

STU: That was nothing.

GLENN: This room, with the air handlers and the sound of the equipment in this room -- quiet, is 61 decibels.

PAT: Are you sure something wasn't --

GLENN: I'm positive.

PAT: -- wrong with your decibelometer?


GLENN: No, I'm positive. The sound of an air-conditioning unit turning on is about 60 decibels.

PAT: Wow, that's amazing.

GLENN: So the church -- they've stopped all amplification. It wasn't good enough.

PAT: Hmm.

GLENN: The pastor told everybody, "Next Sunday, when you come in, we have to be very, very quiet. So I'm not going to use any amplification, and I'm not speaking any louder than this."

As I'm speaking to you now, it is over 60 decibels. This (claps once) is 73. What the hell is happening? What the hell is happening?

STU: Interesting word choice. Good question.

GLENN: Yes. And, by the way, by the way, they've argued this in court and lost. And one of their defenses is, excuse me, there is destruction going on, and the city is using jackhammers which are 120 decibels. It's a power of ten each time. Each -- it's exponential.

STU: Right.

GLENN: So it's 120 decibels for a jackhammer, and that's fine on a Sunday morning. But 60 decibels in our church, on our property, is not. What's going on?

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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