Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back Herschel Walker took to Twitter last week to express his disapproval of restrictions on worship gatherings that have been implemented by some states and localities to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
“We keep hearing the importance of Freedom of Speech.. but let’s not forget we have Freedom of Religion,” Walker wrote in a tweet accompanying a 32-second video. “Never give up our right to worship! If we can protest, we can get back to Church!”
We keep hearing the importance of Freedom of Speech.. but let’s not forget we have Freedom of Religion. Never give up our right to worship! If we can protest, we can get back to Church! #WWJD @tylerperry @drtonyevans @FoxNews @cnn pic.twitter.com/gWtPoy91Y0
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) August 7, 2020
The 58-year-old weighed in on what some consider a First Amendment double standard. While many state and local governments have enacted restrictions on worship gatherings during the pandemic, some officeholders have supported and even joined ongoing protests and marches after the death of African American George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day.
“I just saw that the First Amendment — freedom of speech — and people are protesting,” Walker said. “You know, peaceful or not peaceful. But I also saw that we have the freedom of religion.”
“Why are we not going to church?” he continued. “Why are we not fighting to go to church? You know, we can do peaceful church outside. Think about it.”
Over the past several months, as the United States has endured unprecedented economic lockdowns and racial unrest, Walker has established himself as a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and a harsh critic of the coronavirus lockdowns and “cancel culture.”
On May 23, the former University of Georgia standout tweeted that “[i]t’s time for us to reform this lockdown.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley