President Trump Orders Governors to Open Churches: “In America, We Need More Prayer Not Less”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2020   |   2:07PM   |   Washington, DC

After weeks of Democrat governors discriminating agaisnt churches by keeping them closed by letting abortion clinics stay open to kill unborn children, President Trump issued an order today declaring churches “essential” and ordering governors to let them reopen.

The president announced that a new CDC classification declares churches “essential” and he announced the new policy today at a White House briefing.

“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less,” he stated.

Trump criticized Democrat governors for for keeping “liquor stores and abortion centers” open during the coronavirus lock down while keeping places of worship shuttered. “It’s not right,” he said, declaring his move is aimed at “correcting this injustice.”

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches … it’s not right,” he said, adding that Democrat governors can call him to complain but he’s not changing his mind.

“If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me,” Trump said. “But they are not going to be successful in that call.”

The order follows on comments supporting churches on Thursday.

“We want them (churches) to reopen. I mean literally, I just got off the phone with CDC and I talked about churches. I said, ‘I want the churches to open.’ And the people want the churches to open, and I think you’ll have something come down very soon from CDC. We want to get our churches back and our country is coming back,” Trump told reporters Thursday.

“I think you’ll start with churches, I think you’ll start with some other states that have been very resistant. You have a lot of, unfortunately in this case Democrat governors, I think they think it’s good politics to keep it closed. But what are they doing? They are hurting themselves. I don’t think it is good politics. They are hurting themselves. They are hurting their state and it’s not good,” Trump said.

“I think they are being forced to open, frankly. The people want to get out. You’ll break the country if you don’t. And I think they look at it as a possible November question. It’s not a November question, it happens to be very bad for them,” he added.

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“Churches, to me, they are so important in terms of the psyche of our country. Beyond to me, I think they use the word essential. Churches are essential. People want to be in their churches. It’s wonderful to sit home and watch something on a laptop but it can never be the same as being in a church and being with your friends,” he said. “They want to have it opened and I think that’s going to be happening very shortly, very, very shortly. So that will be put out maybe tomorrow. Maybe today.”

The order follows on the heels of a horrific attack against a church in Mississippi.

A Mississippi church that is suing to stay open during the coronavirus shutdowns was destroyed by arson Wednesday.

Fox News reports someone also spray-painted graffiti on the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, including a message that read, “I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits [sic].”

Local authorities said there was an explosion in the front of the church, and the building caught fire sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Major Kelly McMillian told the local news that the fire is being investigated as a criminal act of arson.

It appears the church was targeted because it continued to hold services during the coronavirus shutdowns. Lawyers with the pro-life Thomas More Society are representing the church in court after Pastor Jerry Waldrop was cited by local authorities for holding services on Easter.

“We’re in a time where I don’t think it’s any secret that there’s a growing hostility toward churches, across the board,” lawyer Stephen Crampton said. “And now, here are churches like First Pentecostal that are sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their Constitutional rights.”

The Blaze reports the building is a total loss, but the church plans to rebuild.

“We are going to keep the faith, and we’re going to keep doing what we have always done, and maybe not on this location,” the pastor said. “I’ll get with our faithful people, and maybe we’ll rent a building or whatever we need to do for the time being.”

Waldrop said he is struggling with the idea that anyone would set fire to a church.

In April, the church won a victory in federal court when a judge allowed it to stay open for drive-thru services, according to the report.

Churches across the country have been fighting to stay open amid the shutdowns, pointing to how abortion facilities are allowed to keep killing unborn babies in elective abortions but pastors cannot hold services – supposedly because it could jeopardize people’s lives.

Some states, including Mississippi, did include elective abortions in their shutdown orders, but pro-abortion groups sued and successfully blocked many of the orders.