While some states have been reopening, numerous Democrat governors continue strict lockdown measures. In addition to restricting many businesses, these states have prevented church gatherings.
Some governors have even forbidden “drive-in” services, where churchgoers never leave their cars. Newly extended lockdown measures might prevent these churches from meeting for months to come.
In Oregon, Michigan, California, Maine, Illinois, and Virginia, churches are filing lawsuits against their liberal governors.
Why It’s Important:
Faith leaders… are asserting that lockdown orders imposed by the governors are a violation of the First Amendment and that places of worship must be allowed to reopen as essential services.
Churches are also accusing their states of discrimination, as businesses such as liquor stores and box stores are allowed to remain open while houses of worship are forced by law to shutter.
Many have pointed out the troubling trend by states to restrict the “free worship” provided by the First Amendment. Governors have mandated lockdowns, without oversight by legislative bodies or the courts. Some fear they might be trying to set permanent policies in their states—with no input from residents.
Already several lawsuits in Kentucky and Missippi have been ruled in churches’ favor. The attorney general has also voice support for Americans’ rights, even instructing his DOJ to be on the lookout for violations.
- Churches from six blue states are suing their governors over lockdowns.
- Many fear governors are violating Americans’ First Amendment religious rights.
- The DOJ has already warned states they will get involved unless they loosen restrictions.