Governor Tom Wolf wanted churches to "consider alternate forms of worship" in order to combat the coronavirus, so that's exactly what they did.
A church in Pennsylvania took their congregation and went to Walmart to hold service since the virus can't get inside of Walmart, but it can the churches.
It was on April 3 that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked religious leaders in that state to "consider alternate forms of worship" as a result of the coronavirus. Wolf said "Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. Individuals should not gather in religious buildings or homes for services or celebrations until the stay-at-home order is lifted."
A Philadelphia pastor, Franky Rodriguez of the CDA Community Church, said at the time that "In more than 2000 years the church has faced and survived many adversities, including two world wars, The Spanish Flu and The Great Plague. The church is not going to go away because we the people of God are the church! In times of trouble the Church gets closer, not further apart.
"This is not a physical closeness, it’s a spiritual one. Although we will not be in the same physical location, we have the technology to share the word of God. This Easter the Church is still united like every other Easter, with thanksgiving, prayer and supplication for the inhabitants of the world. So, let’s be responsible and be together, apart."
This church decided to worship at their local Walmart since they weren't allowed to gather anywhere else pic.twitter.com/Su6ojO4gVA
— Stephanie Smith Parler @stephsmith84 (@use4a_no) August 6, 2020
I'm not sure what part of the First Amendment that governors are failing to understand.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It doesn't say, "no law unless...". It says no law.
If this is an order and not a law, then it doesn't have to be obeyed and there is no issue.
There are going to be so many lawsuits come out of this pandemic and we're going to really learn where our country stands.
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