Another church in Illinois is pushing back against Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, and phases of re-opening the state, saying they refuse to wait.
“It’s incumbent on every state official in Illinois to remember the constitution does not take a break during the pandemic,” Jeremy Dys, First Liberty Institute, said. “The first amendment didn’t sign a doctor’s note and hand it in and take the day off it still applies and is in full force and effect.”
Dys, who is with a national religious freedom law firm, sent a letter to the governor, as well as the Kane County Board, state’s attorney, and sheriff, on behalf of Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin.
“If you’re allowed to shop down the grocery aisle, gather in the plumbing section of Home Depot, you should be able to safely gather in person at your church,” Dys said.
The church said it will require face masks, and take parishioners temperatures as they enter, seat families six feet apart in every other row of pews, use a deposit box for offerings, close child care and Sunday school, and ask those 65 and older to stay home.