Protect the Rights of the Faith-Based Community

Petition to: President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William Barr

 

Protect the Rights of the Faith-Based Community

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Protect the Rights of the Faith-Based Community

Sign the petition to ask the Trump administration and Attorney General William Barr to prioritize the faith-based community, and protect the rights of worshipers and service attendees.  

We all awaited the press conference of President Donald Trump, where he would introduce the new measures for this new phase in the coronavirus crisis to support the reopening of economic and social activity. In fact, after more than 1 month of total closure and confinement, social distancing, sacrifice, and proven patience, such announcement of a progressive return to normalcy was expected from many.

The faith-based community, in particular, waited in silence, obediently, hoping that the Government would help places of worship with the possibility of restoring worship and other services, responsibly and gradually. But, this was not the case.

But, to the contrary, in some states, services attendees received fines, pastors were threatened with arrest or even arrested, and threats were made. 

Places of worship will know how to organize adequate instruments of social distancing within their facilities, and people of faith will be smart about protecting themselves and others.
  • Louisville Mayor bans drive-in Easter services. 

  • Police arrest Florida pastor Rodney Howard-Browne

  • Christians were fined $5000 for attending a drive-in church in Mississippi

  • Court lets Kentucky Governor ban in church services.

  • California County threatens to jail worship team for streaming worship. 

  • Mayor starts a registry of church attendees 

  • New York Mayor threatens the entire Jewish community after a funeral…

 … these are only a portion of the headlines I grabbed from a basic google search. 

 Who will stand up for the faith-based community when local and state officials use the Coronavirus declaration to seize influence over the closure of places of worship?

 In the decrees and regulations already approved, there is not a single word for the faith-based community to rely on. The time has come to make us heard!


References

https://abcnews.go.com/US/kentucky-governor-warns-worshipers-congregate-easter-weekend/story?id=70101091

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/florida-pastor-arrested-river-church/index.html

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dominicholden/coronavirus-drive-in-church-mississippi-lawsuit-trump

http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/9271/20200418/california-county-threatens-to-jail-worship-teams-over-online-church-services.html

https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-kansas-city-mayor-church-policy-order-update

https://nypost.com/2020/04/28/de-blasio-blasts-jewish-community-for-massive-brooklyn-funeral/

 


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Petition: Places of worship

All of the signers of this petition have experienced, like everyone else, the separation from our loved ones... but also the separation from places of worship as part of the COVID shut down in our country.

Today, the Trump administration and many state governments are considering and approving some measures to alleviate the restrictions imposed on the people by planning to reopen some economic and social activities. We respectfully ask you to also pay attention to the needs of the faith-based community and to consider their need to celebrate their Faith. In particular, we ask you to prioritize the protection of service attendees of weekly worship, mass, bible studies, wedding ceremonies, and funerals.  

Places of worship will know how to organize adequate instruments of social distancing within their facilities, and you should trust people of faith to be smart about protecting themselves and others. Please take a step forward to protect the right to believers to freely profess one's religious faith and practice its worship, as recognized by the Constitution.

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