Two Democrat governors have backed down from their attempts to keep churches closed.
Just days after Minnesota bishops vowed to defy the 10-person-only rule (regardless of the size of the church), Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz issued a new order allowing 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower.
In California, a Pentecostal church asked the Supreme Court to throw out Governor Gavin Newsom’s restrictive order, the DOJ warned Gov. Newsom against discriminating against churches, and 1,200 pastors told him they would open regardless. Newsom backed down and issued new guidelines that allow houses of worship in California to reopen at 25% capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
Sadly, Illinois’ Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are doubling down on their unconstitutional line.
Three Chicago churches have been fined $500 each for violating Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s current stay-at-home order by hosting more than 10 people. They have been warned to stop holding gatherings or face being “declared a public health nuisance” and potentially closed.
The battle over whether to reopen churches escalated Friday when President Donald Trump deemed all places of worship “essential” and called on state leaders to allow services. Continue reading