Government Cannot Specifically Target Religious Gatherings

AG Barr releases Justice Department Statement of Interest.

On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr made a clear statement on the government’s ability to specifically target and limit religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to AG Barr, “the Constitution does allow some temporary restriction on our liberties that would not be tolerated in normal circumstances.” He went on to express the importance of following health guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease. 

When state and federal governments impose restrictions in the midst of a health crisis it is important that they act equally to all organizations and people, and not specifically target religious gatherings as that would be in violation of the first amendment, according to the Justice Department. AG Barr went on to explain that there must be extraordinary circumstances for any such restrictions to be put in place for mass closures.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would use AG Barr to lead the Justice Department effectively. 
  • For the Justice Department to protect religious liberty in the U.S.
  • That God would guide the Trump Administration to protect the rights of Americans.

Sources: The Hill, AP, CNN


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