North Dakota Passes Law Banning Government from Treating Churches Differently from Non-Religious Establishments During Times of Emergency

Few worshippers pray at the Rosebank Catholic Church In Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 19, 2020. South Africa imposed restrictions and banned gatherings of 100 and more in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For some people, the COVID-19 coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it causes severe illness. Denis Farrell, Associated Press

North Dakota has passed a law that largely prohibits the state government from treating houses of worship worse than non-religious establishments during times of emergency.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed Senate Bill 2181 into law on Monday, which amends subsection 12 of section 23-01-05 and section 37-17.1-05 of the North Dakota Century Code.

The new law prohibits state government health officials from, among other things, issuing emergency orders that treat religious bodies worse than secular entities unless a compelling state interest exists.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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