Gov. Phil Murphy's office told NJ Advance Media that indoor church services in New Jersey will remain closed despite the president's call, though Murphy and Trump had a "productive" talk about the issue Friday.
As McEnany held the cheque to show it to the reporters on Friday, it not only had the United States dollars 100,000 amount to be given to the HHS but also displayed the president's private bank account and routing numbers, The New York Times reported.
"Some governors have deemed the liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential", the president said. "But have left out churches and other houses of worship". "So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential".
Trump said if governors don't abide by his request, he will "override" them, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so. "And I hope that the voters of MI will remember this when November comes, that he didn't care enough about their safety, he didn't care about their welfare, he didn't respect them enough just to engage in the very simple task, the painless task, the easy task of wearing a mask when he was provided one", she vented.
For example, as a Christian, I believe Jesus' words: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them".
Meanwhile New Life Outreach Church in Chesterfield has been having drive-in services since the lockdown began. "I think it's consistent with that kind of an effort".
Some governors have allowed in-person church services to resume while others have continued to bar such events. As president, he obviously has many questions to answer regarding how the country is handling the deadly outbreak, but when it comes to things like social distancing mandates, business closures, and stay-at-home orders, what he says means very little.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had prepared a draft of reopening guidelines for churches and other houses of worship weeks ago that included measures like maintaining distance between parishioners and limiting the size of gatherings. Services can continue to be broadcast via television or radio or streamed online for those who are homebound or at greater risk of catching the virus.
So far, states and local communities have taken different approaches to religious gatherings during the pandemic. It looked very nice. "And so I hope that we'll have a new president soon enough who does respect people more than this president does". We'll leave it to these faith communities to reopen. There should be no contradiction between honoring the authorities who have been placed over us and holding fast to the tenets of our faith by taking a safe and measured approach to meeting together. "Not, what are we constitutionally allowed to do, but what is best?"