President Trump Sides With Churches Asserting A Right To Reopen

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

"Today I'm identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services", Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House, where he didn't take questions.

As McEnany held the cheque to show it to the reporters on Friday, it not only had the Dollars 100,000 amount to be given to the HHS but also displayed the president's private bank account and routing numbers, The New York Times reported.

"Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship". "I am correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential".

Places of worship have been closed as part of stay-at-home orders most states have used to try to control the spread of the coronavirus.

"They knew exactly what the order was and if they permitted anyone, even the president of the United States, to defy that order, I think it has serious health consequences potentially to their workers", Nessel said on CNN.

For example, as a Christian, I believe Jesus' words: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them".

Among other things, the new guidelines urge churches to have hand sanitizer on hand, clean surfaces regularly, and maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between congregants, possibly by holding services in larger, well-ventilated areas.

But the time has come to begin reopening our places of worship.

When Jack Hibbs, senior pastor at Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, California, asked Attorney General William Barr during a "pastor call" with administration officials this week whether the Justice Department would support California churches that were determined to reopen, Barr answered, "absolutely", and suggested that restrictive orders in some cases indicated a hostility to faith itself.

Some governors have allowed in-person church services to resume while others have continued to bar such events.

Some of the recommendations from the earlier version were nonetheless retained in some form, including a suggestion that religious leaders "consider suspending or at least decreasing use of choir/musical ensembles and congregant singing, chanting or reciting during services".

In the meantime Callaghan and his church will keep streaming services online. Reverend Kenny Callaghan of Metropolitan Community Church in Richmond is one of them. As I have preached to my congregation before: we are not returning to normal, we are experiencing a complete reset to the most basic way of living out our faith.

The faith communities in this country have the unique opportunity to set the tone for reopening our nation. "Not, what are we constitutionally allowed to do, but what is best?"

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