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State rep in response to Pritzker’s 5-Phase COVID recovery plan: “I will not comply…”



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MURPHYSBORO – Less than 24 hours after Governor JB Pritzker announced a new 5-phase plan to ‘reopen’ the State of Illinois, State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) sent a letter to Pritzker stating her stand against his ‘phase-in’ plan for religious gatherings. 

Bryant says Pritzker’s orders, plans, or declarations cannot supersede her right as an American citizen to freely worship and exercise her religion. Pritzker’s plan does not allow for gatherings of more than 50 people until “Phase 5”.

Bryant says if her Carbondale-based church calls for a regular in-person worship service prior to the state reaching Phase 5, she will be one of the first parishioners through the doors. 

“Quite simply, when it comes to Governor Pritzker’s plan for how I am ‘allowed’ to worship, I will not comply,” Bryant said. “As a law-abiding, free American citizen, I know that my right to worship God in a corporate, communal way with fellow believers cannot be snuffed out. As 115th district State Representative, I took an oath to uphold both the Illinois and US Constitutions. I do not believe I can be faithful to my oath of office if I follow Governor Pritzker’s orders. If my church leaders call us to worship, I will be one of the first people through the door. I believe in the creativity, ingenuity, and spirit of the people of America. I know we can reopen our religious institutions in a safe, practical, reasonable way. I will not comply with orders that stamp out the right of my fellow free American citizens to gather and worship God how we see fit.” 


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  1. I agree 100% I’m not going to be told what to do! Only because my family has asked I won’t do anything until June! But as of June first the government will not tell me how to live!!

  2. ” I know that my right to worship God in a corporate, communal way with fellow believers cannot be snuffed out. As 115th district State Representative…
    Can’t fix religious insanity…She should resign immediately.

  3. She should put forth a plan to reopen the state while providing financial and medical support to those at risk for a fatal outcome until a vaccine is available. There is a way to do this that will lighten, although not eliminate, the burdens.

  4. My freedom of worship, and my freedom of liberty and my pursuit of happiness DOES NOT supersede other Americans right to life. I won’t be responsible for another American’s death. God does not dwell in buildings.

  5. Let’s be wise to the Game many individuals are playing right now.
    It’s the Game of Guilt and Shame.
    For those of you who like to Shame and blame those who want to open their businesses and move about freely, get a grip on reality, they are not the cause of others sickness.
    You are an adult and should be able to make a decision for your self if it is safe for you to go out or not! Not the Government!
    The next thing that will come out of the mouth of the people who shame you and make you feel guilty because you have a differing opinion than theirs is that President Trump is the one who Ruined the American Economy. It is not!