🚨 POLL: Should ALL Churches Reopen?
🚨 POLL: Should ALL Churches Reopen? 👇
Charles Clark Jr., co-pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church announced that they would open their doors despite the lockdown orders given by New Jesery Governor Phil Murphy, according to Fox News.
“We’re not breaking the law by going to church,” Clark Jr. said. “The people telling us we can’t go to church are breaking the Constitution of the United States. It’s illegal…It’s just ridiculous in this country.”
His son, Charles Clark III, added, “The liquor store has been open the entire time. The grocery store has been open. Walmart is open, the pet store is open, the bicycle repair shop is open, and all are considered essential, but the church has been closed,” Clark III said at the press conference. “And the church has been considered non-essential. We strongly disagree with that.”
“Governor Murphy’s executive order does not control the rights of the church,” he said, “We understand the executive order has the power that it does for the time period necessary but it doesn’t trump the power of the Constitution and it cannot go on indefinitely.”
The pastor said they will take all health and safety precautions beyond what businesses are already doing, like taking temperature checks, enforcing social distancing, and deep cleaning.
Andy Reese, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Clementon, already reopened last Sunday.
“We’re prepared to stand for what is right, for what is true, and we’re prepared to face whatever consequences these are,” Reese said. “If necessary, go to court.”
Murphy has been clear thay until there is a vaccine or treatment, mass gatherings including places of worship will remain restricted.
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“I ain’t afraid to go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail, but I ain’t backing down, our church ain’t backing down, and there’s churches all over this country that aren’t backing down,” Clark Jr. said.
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“Inside, no ventilation, close contact, it’s a hard nut to crack,” Murphy said. “We’re just not there yet.”
A month after issuing the original order, Murphy amended it to allow drive-in services after being sued by a North Caldwell Catholic priest in federal court. The pastors are asking for another change in the order.