Don’t Endanger Parishioners By Reopening Churches During Pandemic

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Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Don’t order states to classify religious facilities as “essential” in reopening amid pandemic.

President Trump has announced that religious institutions should be allowed to re-open as “essential services” in the middle of a pandemic. This is in spite of significant evidence that congregations face heightened risks of exposure to the coronavirus, as religious services typically take place indoors with large numbers of people in close quarters, and many congregants are elderly.

While Trump has deflected responsibility to state-level decisionmakers when it suits him, he seems to believe that he can enact a unilateral decree to classify churches and the like as “essential.” This is a dangerous declaration that will embolden conservative governors to risk the health and safety of their citizens. Sign below to demand that Trump rescind his order to classify religious facilities as “essential” during the pandemic.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

During this unprecedented health crisis, we all must make sacrifices to minimize the death and suffering caused by COVID-19. While gathering to worship is an integral aspect of many cultures and communities, this practice is inherently dangerous in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak. Declaring religious institutions to be “essential services” endangers the lives of religious leaders and congregants across the country.

Unlike hospitals, grocery stores, and public services, religious institutions do not support the immediate physical health and safety of American citizens and should therefore not be classified as “essential.” I demand that you rescind your harmful statement and urge state governors to keep religious facilities closed for the safety of their constituents.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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