• Religious Liberty Assailed During Coronavirus Era: Where’s Church with Backbone?

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    Surge Summary: As religious gatherings are being squashed, religious freedom curtailed around the nation during the Covid-19 crisis, the question arises: Where is the backbone of the church? What conclusions are control freaks and unbelievers drawing from observing the response of Christians to this unconstitutional attack on people of faith?

    by Gary Bauer    

    Protests erupted in California this weekend in opposition to the latest COVID restrictions imposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.  Many sheriffs are refusing to enforce Newsom’s latest lockdown orders.

    It must also be noted that Newsom and other California politicians are not abiding by the restrictions that they are imposing on the people.  So, it’s no surprise that these weekend demonstrations took place.

    But why is there not an outpouring of Christians seeking to protect their First Amendment rights?  How can Walmarts and casinos have more rights than churches and synagogues to be open?

    The radical secular left is watching, and they are licking their chops.  If there is so little fight left in the church, their work is going to be very easy in the years ahead.

    Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that the past eight months have been a disaster for mental health.  From a spike in suicides to higher rates of depression and anxiety, many Americans are suffering from these lockdowns.

    And while large churches were able to seamlessly switch to Zoom and other online platforms, we may never know how many small churches permanently closed.  We may never know how many Christians, deprived of the love and support they derived from their church, are now part of these sad statistics.

    And what are our children and grandchildren supposed to think when they see patrons of bars and gyms expressing more passion about keeping those establishments open than Christians are about keeping their churches open?

    Please take a moment in the days ahead to check on someone in your church community or perhaps your own family who you have not heard from in a while.  Ask how they are getting along and let them know you are thinking about them.  You never know just how much it might mean to them and what a difference it could make in their life.

    And please encourage your pastor to be bold and unapologetic about the essential services that our houses of worship provide, especially in such trying times.

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    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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