For as seriously as we do need to take social distancing, there are countless cases where it is simply being enforced to an absurd extent.
If we can go out grocery shopping so long as we’re six feet apart, you’d think that people should be allowed to attend church not only six feet apart from one another, but inside of their own cars. But you’d have thought wrong.
As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports:
On Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day, lawyers for religious freedom are expanding their war on governors and mayors who have ordered an Easter church lockdown and ban on drive-in services due to the coronavirus.
Notable cases in Kansas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi argue that the orders violate the First Amendment and religious freedoms that the country was founded on.
And in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has strongly urged opponents to drive-in services to drop the ban. In a letter to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a ban fan, the Kentucky senator urged, “Religious people should not be singled out for disfavored treatment.”
He added: “The government should not flatly prohibit religious gatherings that comply with CDC guidelines unless it has no other choice to stop COVID-19. And given that the government permits gatherings of people in vehicles in parking lots for commercial purposes, I believe the government has means to stop the spread of COVID-19 short of a flat ban on gatherings of people in vehicles for religious purposes.”
You can read the letter below:
Good for Mitch – I certainly don’t see any Democrats working to ensure that hundreds of millions of Americans can celebrate Easter as they please this Sunday.