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I humbly submit an opinion on this matter for your consideration: OF COURSE IT DOES. As our republic was founded on religious freedom and we did not create our form of government to give us permission to live; our government lives only by our permission. With inalienable rights intact 24/7, rain or shine friend. Most of us come from people who escaped their own government coercion of some kind by seeking freedom in America, whether that was many generations or only a few short years ago. Our ancestors made it across an ocean, trekked over the Appalachians, and built lives in the harsh frontier wilderness all on their own. All without government mandated or supplied bubble wrap to protect them or orange soft rubber tipped arrows for their new Indian friends. I further submit that if the government can use the power of the state to force it' citizens to purchase something they do not wish to purchase freely, i.e. Obama care, then you no longer have a free republic as was founded The question then becomes: Just what are the citizens going to do, with an over-stepping government? After the Great Depression and Second World War there was a shared sense of sacrifice that could be summed up in President Kennedy’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” His successor called for the self-sacrifice of our nation’s youth to fight for freedom and democracy in the least hospitable hellhole on the other side of the earth, and it fractured our nation. We're told that closing down or restricting what they WANT TO will save untold lives etc. This while Murder Incorporated (abortion mills) are still operating as more taxpayer dollars go its way. But the true and real purpose is training you to accept their unconstitutional abuse of power in silence, like a good serf. "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." ~George Orwell "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In The Lord's Freedom......warrior on
I would say that, even with in-person group worship services temporarily suspended at individual churches, this would not be an infringement on freedom of religion or worship, given the fact that churches and their parishoners would still be perfectly free to continue to hold worship services in other formats (such as online), or to worship God in the privacy of their homes, with no interference from government authorities, as well as to resume corporate worship once the current situation has passed. (Also, the prohibitions on gatherings that might prevent churches from holding group services are not intended to single out religion, but apply for reasons of public health to all such gatherings, whatever their purpose, and would equally place a limit on the freedom of people who want to attend them.)
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