Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated that worship services are exempted from her recent executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people due to coronavirus concerns.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” anchor John Roberts, Whitmer explained that while she greatly discourages such gatherings in light of the pandemic, she believed the government did not have the right to order churches to close.
“Well, you know, the separation of church and state and the Republican legislature asked me to clarify that,” explained Whitmer, a Democrat.
“That’s an area that we don’t have the ability to directly enforce and control. We are encouraging people, though, do not congregate.”
The governor warned those considering attending church at this time that “you yourself can be carrying it and you might not even know it.”
“That’d be the worst thing in the world is to go to church to worship and to sit next to someone and infect them and have them suffer life-threatening consequences because of this decision,” she continued.
Whitmer also explained that one of the big challenges to fighting the virus in her state was that “we need more test kits.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski