When COVID-19 first became evident in America, churches across the country did something unheard of in a country built on a rich and strong foundation of religious freedom—they closed their doors.
Now we all know that God’s work isn’t constrained to the four walls of a church. His people have been very much at work during the pandemic through prayer, meeting people’s most basic needs, providing donations of much needed supplies, and more. But, America’s churches chose not to meet in worship—in most cases entirely voluntarily—in order to join the effort to stop COVID-19.
But then we all started to notice something deeply troubling. The churches’ doors were closed, despite strong constitutional protections for religious freedom. Yet, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry marched on. You know the story—Planned Parenthood defied state orders to shut down, pushed their agenda of “virtual abortions” with less safety measures for women, and even asked for donations of masks and hand sanitizer.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer. The Church largely voluntarily halted their First Amendment rights to assemble and worship together in an effort to save lives. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry stopped at nothing to take lives, even robbing healthcare workers of valuable resources to do it.
Thankfully, throughout the pandemic, President Trump and his Administration have been clear: No taxpayer dollars can go toward the abortion industry.
Now just this afternoon, President Trump stepped in on behalf of America’s churches, ordering that churches be declared “essential.”
At an unannounced briefing he stated: “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches … it’s not right. So I am correcting this injustice and am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches and places of worship to open right now.”
President Trump throughout the pandemic has underscored his commitment to religious freedom by ensuring that churches and faith-based nonprofits were not excluded from the COVID relief programs. Now, declaring that churches are essential, President Trump is committed to settling the issue—churches should certainly not be treated less than for-profit companies who do not have the same religious freedom protections.
Will you join us in thanking President Trump for recognizing that the Body of Christ, through its churches, is essential?
Vice President of Strategy