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President declares churches “essential”

On Friday, President Trump said his administration will deem churches and other places of worship “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic. Conservatives welcome the move, as many have already largely spoken out against church closures across the country. Several lawsuits have been filed in states imposing restrictions on churches and the Trump Justice Department has long said the orders violate the Constitution.

The president called on governors to reopen places of worship over the holiday weekend telling them if they had any questions about his new declaration, then they’d have to call him.

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship, it’s not right. So, I am correcting this injustice,” said Trump. “In America, we need more prayer, not less,” Trump said.

During his press briefing on Friday, the president said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would issue guidance to churches on safely reopening.

States, not the federal government, have imposed the restrictions on churchgoers in order to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Easter, Kentucky’s governor ordered the state police to write down license plate numbers of anyone who attended church and to order them into a mandatory quarantine.

The president isn’t legally able to override state orders but the DOJ has been pressuring governors to treat churches the same as other institutions in their state reopening plans. 

This week, DOJ attorneys told California Gov. Gavin Newsom that his reopening plan amounted to “unequal treatment of faith communities” by allowing restaurants and malls to open sooner than religious institutions.

Despite those opposed to church reopenings, the president said Americans are demanding to go to church and he believes faith leaders will do everything they must to protect their congregations.

“They don’t want anything bad to happen to them or to anybody else,” Trump said.

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  1. Dale May 23, 2020

    Most people do want to go to church but in a communist state of the choice they aren’t going to let
    That happen. They want the people to look like muslims by covering our faces and acting like a third
    World country. Believe me most of this governments
    Could care less if your dead or alive but Donald
    Trump cares and he love America and her people.

  2. Raymond Wiles May 23, 2020

    Naturally Churches Are The Best Place To Be During A Crisis Even The Movie “WAROF THE WORLDS” , when The Martians Were Destroying Everything In Sight People Were Shown In Churches , Catholic Mass & Even Synagogues , Were All Open & People Of All Faiths Were Praying “Now This Was A Sci – Fi Film But It Still Emphasizes The POWEER OF PRAYER” Now Just Imagine What Could Happen “IN REAL LIFE” !!!!!

  3. nelson t stahl May 24, 2020

    Better late than never.

  4. JODI CUBBLER May 24, 2020

    Thank you, Mr. President, for having a heart after God and understanding our need to worship together. Scripture says we are not suppose to forsake the assembling of ourselves together to worship our one and true God. May God bless you and your family and keep you all safe. For He is the answer.
    Thank you Mr. President for your dedication to making this a better world, and a better Country. I greatly appreciate you, and am so thankful to be able to call you Mr. President.
    Love & Prayers,
    Mrs. Martha ‘Jodi’ Cubbler

  5. Robert Haines May 25, 2020

    No governor would get in my way of going to church. Luckily, we have one of the best governors, in DeSantis. He has not ran around like the sky was falling.

    If I were President Trump, I would not give a dime to any state that was not opening all of their economies. If they don’t want to work to save themselves, I would not help them.

    People, use your heads. You cannot hide from a virus. No matter what you do. So all of this is a waste of time. God equipped us to deal with viruses.

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