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.
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!
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.