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VA Governor Ralph Northam

Democratic leaders like Virginia Governor Ralph Northam have threatened the religious freedom of Americans across the country.

Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is catching flak after he apparently discouraged people from attending church services over the holidays.

Northam made the comments during an announcement of new measures aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

“The holidays are typically times of joy and community. We gather together, we celebrate our faith, and we celebrate with family,” Northam said. “But this year we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building? For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.”

Northam then called for faith leaders to set an example for their congregations.  

“Worship with a mask on is still worship, worship outside or worship online is still worship,” he said. “I can’t remind Virginians enough how serious this virus is and as I call on our faith leaders to set the example, I also hope that our local leaders across the commonwealth will do the same…”

The decision to attend church services or not amid the COVID-19 pandemic should be up to each individual person, not the government. Democratic leaders like Governor Northam continue to use rhetoric that challenges our First Amendment rights.

As Americans, we must stand behind the Constitution and never allow our freedom of religion to be trampled upon or taken away.

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