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Stop the Oklahoma Church Superspreader Bill!

Across the country, we are seeing a wave of bills to create special rights for churches to ignore public health restrictions and hold in-person gatherings.

In Oklahoma, lawmakers are considering SB 368/HB 2648, which prevents religious organizations from being subject to restrictions if any secular business or organization is exempt.

For example, if hospitals are allowed to remain open, then churches must be allowed to remain open.

This bill already passed committee in both the Oklahoma House and Senate!

These special privileges for religious organizations endanger the lives and health of every Oklahoman. Please ask your Oklahoma representative and senator to reject this harmful bill!

Public health experts believe that church gatherings may be especially likely to spread COVID-19, and there is ample evidence to support this conclusion. And yet, Oklahoma lawmakers are considering giving churches the right to meet even if similar secular organizations are closed.

This doesn’t merely affect church congregations and religious schools. These in-person gatherings can be a vector to spread COVID-19 throughout a community.

Please contact the committee members today. Ask them to put the lives of Oklahomans before the special interests of churches.