Churches Should Not Be Exempt From Stay-at-Home Orders

NOTE: This alert is directed to our supporters in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

As you know, the novel coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected life in the United States, and your state is no exception. The governor of your state has issued a stay-at-home order forbidding non-essential travel. However, they also issued a dangerous, unconstitutional exemption for religious services.


There is nothing about the walls of a church, temple, or mosque that makes those inside immune from catching the novel coronavirus and returning to spread it to their friends, colleagues, and family. Around the world there have already been numerous cases of religious gatherings acting as mechanisms for transmission. When schools, gyms, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, libraries, museums, and all other community organizations are being shuttered for good reason, special exceptions for religious gatherings clearly defeat the purpose of stay-at-home orders—namely, flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections.


This religious exemption will cost lives. We need your help to end these exemptions and save those lives. Please use our action alert system to urge your governor and state representatives to hold churches accountable to the stay-at-home order like all other entities. There’s no time to waste.


Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry

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