Limits on religious gatherings? 'Not in Georgia,' says guv

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Michael F. Haverluck (

church locked down 1The Republican governor of Georgia moved a bill forward late last month that would prohibit future governors of The Peach State from banning religious services when a public health emergency is declared.

"The Faith Protection Act will ensure the emergency powers of any governor of Georgia in the years to come are not used to limit the God-given right to worship," Governor Brian Kemp declared in a statement on February 18. "In Georgia, we never shuttered churches, synagogues, or other places of worship because we value faith, family, and freedom."

COVID-19 – a warning of too much government control …

The Associated Press reports that House Bill 358 was drafted during the COVID-19 pandemic as a piece of legislation guaranteeing that authority would not be given to future Georgia governors "to specifically limit the practice of any religion."

Kemp insisted that he is determined to make his state a safe haven for those desiring religious freedom.

"My goal is for us to be a sanctuary state – if you will – for people of faith," the governor told CBN News. "I think this pandemic has shown us that … people will overreach – especially people in positions of power – and that's not good."

The process of passing the bill moved quickly last week – despite the drastic decline of coronavirus cases and fatalities reported across the nation – a fact that has not deterred President Joe Biden from pushing more government control in the wake of the China- induced pandemic.

"The bill, which cleared the Georgia legislative panel on Wednesday [Feb. 25], would require the governor to seek legislative approval to renew a declared state of emergency every 90 days," reported. "Additionally, legislators would be allowed to place limitations on the governor's emergency powers."

Putting a stop to unconstitutional power grabs

Kemp expressed concern that many other states are forcing restrictions on religious services. "[W]e shouldn't have any governor or a future governor be able to stop religious services – that's embedded in our Constitution," the Republican governor asserted in his recent CBN interview.

He stressed how ordering people to remain pent-up in their homes for "months and months as a time" takes a huge toll on their spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

"That's not healthy for our mental health, and certainly, people going to church and being able to gather or worship – whether it's in person or virtually – is healthy for people," Kemp added. "It's healthy for their mindset, and it's just really the fabric of who we are … and we've done that responsibly here.

"We want that to be the case in the future …. We don't want to allow … any person, including myself, to be able to weigh in that now or in the future like we saw and other states, and so that's why we're taking this action."

Since the onset of COVID-19 last year, Kemp has maintained a track record of not conforming to the radical left's unconstitutional push to shut down businesses and churches – which was predominantly seen in "blue" states across the nation.

"When the pandemic hit the U.S. last spring, Kemp allowed houses of worship to remain open as long as congregants practiced social distancing – despite the state reporting its earliest outbreaks from religious services," noted. "Kemp, however, attempted to work with religious leaders to push alternative approaches of holding services – including online or drive-up services."

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details




The main lesson for the GOP to learn from Democrats defending Maxine Waters is…





Jury reaches verdict at trial over George Floyd's death
Police: 1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at NY grocery store
Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93
Search for survivors of capsized lift boat ends
Portland police make 2 arrests amid protest vandalism
Afghanistan withdrawal draws concerns over abducted American
Canada's Trudeau extends travel restrictions


Minnesota’s Walz declares state of emergency prior to Derek Chauvin verdict
Minnesota lawmaker proposes law to strip convicted protesters of food stamps, unemployment benefits, and other gov't programs
Judge overseeing Chauvin trial blasts Waters' 'abhorrent' comments
Facebook co-founder donated millions to Black Lives Matter
Watch how media reacted to Russian bounty story


Cartoon of the Day
Gallup, veteran of polls, documents worst-ever figure for churches

empty pews in churchFor the first time ever, fewer than half of Americans say they are members of a church, synagogue or mosque, and a Christian apologist says that figure should alarm those who are sitting in the pews on Sunday morning.