Mike Huckabee Says ‘We Should Very Much be Concerned’ About U.S. Government Ordering Churches Not to Hold In-Person Services

Jason Yates of My Faith Votes interviews former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as part of an online town hall held Tuesday, April 21, 2020. | YouTube/My Faith Votes via screengrab

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has denounced the idea that state and local governments can continue to force churches not to hold in-person services, especially when a church agrees to engage in social distancing practices.

Huckabee was interviewed by Jason Yates of the Christian group My Faith Votes, which Huckabee serves as honorary national chairman, as part of an online town hall Tuesday evening.

Ahead of the program people submitted questions to be answered during the town hall, with some of the submissions being asked by Yates to Huckabee.

Huckabee addressed the need for people to return to daily routines, such as work and going to church, especially as the shutdown orders begin to be lifted in May.

“We can’t have people saying you can go to a drive-in liquor store, but you can’t do a drive-in church service,” he added, referencing multiple legal controversies on that issue.

“We should very much be concerned,” Huckabee stressed. “It’s one thing for us to have a period of weeks in which churches voluntarily do their services online or in the parking lot or the drive-in.”

“But we don’t want a government that can say to a church, ‘We are suspending the First Amendment.’ The very first right in the First Amendment is freedom of religion, followed by freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski