Liquor stores & gun shops open for business, but churches closed. Why are US governors trashing the First Amendment?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
By Paul Martin

Robert Bridge
21 Apr, 2020

At a time when Americans could use some spiritual support to see them through the coronavirus pandemic, states have banned worshipers from assembling under a single roof. How quickly US politicians forget about the Constitution.

Let’s start by stating the obvious: Yes, there are potential risks involved in allowing people to assemble in churches, mosques and synagogues at a time when a viral pandemic is sweeping the planet. And yes, nobody wants to be responsible for spreading a deadly disease. That said, it seems that downgrading church attendance to ‘non-essential’ status, while many businesses remain open, is not only over-the-top and hypocritical, but also a slap in the face to believers.

Just last week, a group of pastors, prohibited from congregating for Easter, the holiest day of the year for Christians, filed charges against California Governor Gavin Newsom for “criminalizing” church gatherings. Lawyers for the group argued that if the residents of America’s most populous state are permitted to shop at “Costco or the local marijuana shop or liquor store,” then the same rule should apply to houses of worship as well. It would be very difficult to argue with that line of reasoning. Shouldn’t churchgoers be trusted to follow the social distancing guidelines just like everyone else? After all, just because they might believe in an afterlife, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are in a hurry to get there.

On the other side of the country, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in an interview with Tucker Carlson that “I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we [ordered the shutdown of churches] … People have to stay away from each other.” Then, in a rather pathetic effort to distance himself from the unpopular crackdown, Murphy said that decisions on such issues were “above my pay grade.” This begs the question: whatever happened to the rule that calls for the “separation of church and state?” Or is that only relevant when it comes to the church attempting to infringe upon the government, and not the other way around?

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2 Responses to “Liquor stores & gun shops open for business, but churches closed. Why are US governors trashing the First Amendment?”

  1. BanjoGuy

    Liquor stores contribute heavily to taxes, ie state taxes, churches contribute zero to state taxes except for payroll…..

    Gun stores are open so the populace doesn’t get really pissed off and revolt.

  2. laura ann

    governors have no authority to close anything.


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