While most of the country remains under phased social distancing orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some faith leaders across the US are making a First Amendment case to open up places of worship.
Three pastors explained to Business Insider why they’re fighting to open up.
“I’m not afraid to get COVID-19 when I go to Home Depot and neither should anyone be afraid when they come to church,” one pastor, Diego Mesa, put it.
On Friday, President Donald Trump said he would force governors to open up places of worship, even though he doesn’t have the authority to do so.
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Diego Mesa was driving in Southern California on Thursday evening when he passed shops selling donuts, clothes, and cannabis.
It boggles his mind that these businesses were marked as essential and permitted to reopen on May 8, as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan moved into its second stage. Churches, however, were shelved until the plan’s third phase — lumped in with personal care, exercise, and entertainment facilities.
“Our ideals differ in what we view as essential,” Mesa told Business Insider. “When we are deemed as non-essential, there’s an agenda there.”
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