Pastor Slams Gov. Roy Cooper for Banning Church Services, Letting Abortion Clinics Stay Open

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 15, 2020   |   9:55AM   |   Charlotte, North Carolina

More pastors are speaking out against the gross injustice of allowing abortion facilities to continue killing unborn babies while forcing churches to stay closed because of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Rev. Ron Baity, of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, criticized Gov. Roy Cooper for imposing such mixed-up priorities on their state, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Cooper, a pro-abortion Democrat, restricted church gatherings as part of his efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. However, he allowed abortion facilities to keep killing unborn babies in elective abortions.

“We are asking [the governor] to give churches at the minimum that he’s giving Walmart, abortion clinics and liquor stores,” Baity said during a rally in Raleigh. “We are just standing up for our First Amendment rights.”

Approximately 200 people joined him at the Return America rally against Cooper’s mandates, the local news reports.

Baity’s church and other religious institutions in North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the governor’s restriction on worship services Thursday, according to the report. The pastor said churches are being discriminated against, and they have a constitutional right to be open.

Here’s more from the report:

Several protesters spoke of the “evil” behind Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus. …

Return America has sent a statement to Cooper signed by 200 pastors, asking to operate at 20% occupancy as retail stores could.

“We are asking the governor to let us go back,” Baity said. “We are going to be sanitary. We are going to be above what the (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) requests as we go back.”

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Churches in other states are suing their government leaders, too. Earlier this week, Kentucky churches won a victory in court against similar restrictions imposed by pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear. And in April, Kansas churches won a court victory against pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly.

Pastors are protesting in other states, too. Last week, hundreds of Massachusetts pastors sent a letter to their governor, Charlie Baker, a pro-abortion Republican, urging him to “swiftly and publicly” allow churches to re-open. Pastors in Virginia did the same in a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam, a pro-abortion Democrat.