A public policy analyst has something to say about new COVID-19-related guidance in Mississippi for worship services and faith-based gatherings.
"I was a little surprised to see this guidance put out by the Mississippi Department of Health which calls singing in church 'high-risk' activity," says Walker Wildmon, vice president of American Family Association. "The guidance goes on to say that even people who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus should still be wearing a mask at all times in churches and social distancing."
For months now, Wildmon points out, people have falsely viewed going to church and gathering for religious purposes as somehow more risky and more dangerous than going to Walmart.
That, he says, is simply not the case.
"The government, even the Mississippi Department of Health, has been pitching the vaccine as the way out of the pandemic. But the problem is they are pushing the vaccine as a way out of the pandemic, which I think we can all agree it is the way out of the pandemic, but then at the same time they're telling people who are fully vaccinated that you have to social distance, you have to wear a mask," says Wildmon. "And they're even recommending that you not have church services indoors."
In a related column for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Wildmon offers the following advice to the Mississippi Department of Health: Choose the vaccine or choose “fearmongering” because either the vaccine is safe and effective or it’s not.
“You can't tout the vaccine as the path out of this pandemic yet turn around and tell fully vaccinated people to put their masks on, stay six feet apart, and not sing at church,” he writes in the op-ed. “I recommend picking the vaccine as the path out of this pandemic as opposed to more guidelines and rules."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.