As states crack down on gatherings, some religious exemptions could keep pews full
Despite repeated warnings from health experts about the risk of social interaction amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, governors in at least four states have exempted houses of worship from statewide bans on mass gatherings, and this weekend will offer a first test to see if any congregations forge ahead despite the warnings.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has banned gatherings of 50 or more and signed a statewide stay-at-home order on Monday. But both mandates explicitly exempt houses of worship from the misdemeanor penalty for violators.
"Thatâs an area we donât have the ability to directly enforce or control," Whitmer said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."...
It's very easy to judge the motives of those we don't know. But it's not right. Not every pastor that wants to keep the church doors open is in it for the money. This church is just exercising their First Amendment rights. They actually took very impressive measures to keep those who attended safe.
Fox 5 News wrote: .... Friday, Sheriff Chronister said, deputies had tried to speak to Howard-Browne on at least two separate occasions about the "dangerous environment" the church was creating. He said HCSO command staff went to the east Tampa church, but they were advised by church leaders and legal staff that Howard-Browne was refusing to see them and also refusing to cancel the Sunday church services.
âI think itâs unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment," State Attorney Warren offered. "One, itâs absolutely clear that emergency orders like this are constitutional and valid. Second of all, leaders from our faith-based community across this country have embraced the importance of social distancing.â...
excerpt from,"Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite 'safer-at-home' orders"
A $500 fine is just pocket change for this religious leader.âŁď¸
"Rachel Laser, the president and CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said the governors are misinterpreting restrictions on impeding religious expression. She says the Constitution actually requires religious and secular institutions be treated the same.
"The Constitution not only permits it, but demands it," she said in a statement. "Such restrictions do not violate religious freedom; they ensure religious freedom is not misused in ways that risk peopleâs lives."
She is clueless, wrong on all accounts. And being she's chief mouthpiece for a group that is always trying to shut down religious expression, it is in no way surprising that she's taking advantage of a disease to promote her perversion.
Isn't it notable that these anti-religious groups calling for "separation of church and state" always call for the state to step in and deny separation of church and state by making rules superseding it?
People say California is land of fruit and nuts, I think Florida has it equaledđ
Lee Brown wrote: .... An Evangelical pastor mocked the âpansiesâ who are scared of the coronavirus â as he insisted his packed church will only shut its doors âwhen the Rapture is taking place.â âIf you cannot be saved in church, you in serious trouble,â Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne told Floridaâs River Tampa Bay Church....
excerpt from,"Evangelical pastor mocks âpansies,â wonât close church for coronavirus "
As long as he's taking in money- - he is being "blessed."
This South Korean church already had a bad reputation, it got a worse one by helping to spread the virusâ
ABC.net.au wrote: The leader of a religious sect in South Korea is facing charges of gross negligence over some of the country's coronavirus deaths.
â˘The church forbids wearing glasses and face masks during services
â˘The church is accused of hiding information about patients
â˘Authorities are investigating how many members went to Wuhan in Chian, the epicentre of the outbreak
Seoul's city government asked prosecutors to charge Lee Man-hee, the founder of the Shincheonji church, and 11 others. The church is accused of hiding the names of some members as officials tried to track patients before the virus spread.
excerpt from,"South Korea to charge Shincheonji church leader over coronavirus spread, church accused of hiding information"
It's corrupt form of Christianity, is no doubt even less popular in South Korea - about the only good thing that came out of this.
Let's hope the Pew stay empty, and people watch church services on the internet