[quote="Mark_Cassian, post:15, topic:285966"]
I don't believe this story, so I will not render a legal opinion on finer points of false imprisonment, kidnapping, or what I might do if faced with either.
In my own parish church, the faithful normally enter the Narthex from the west, through one of five east-facing doors. Anyone may exit through any of those doors at any time. During the sermon though, four of the doors are locked to restrict entry. Even when locked, exit is always possible. Re-entry is not permitted until the sermon is over.
On Sunday, the doors are constantly monitored by our ushers, two of whom are full time police officers in the city where our parish is located. As such, they are as prepared to escort the elderly to their seats as they are to quickly, quietly and politely, bring visitors into compliance with the exit/re-entry policy.
A speaker system allows the sermon to be heard in real-time by those who (for whatever reason) prefer to be outside.
I have no reason to doubt my son and his family as to whether or not the doors are locked. However, you of course are free to do so.
It is a relatively small community of less than 10,000 people. We stayed at a motel next door to one of the churches, and I can tell you, once it was 901, we didn't see any other people going in or out until they all came out at about 1015.
Rather coincidental don't you think?