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Trump declares houses of worship ‘essential’

President Donald Trump has declared churches and other places of worship are considered “essential services.” Across the country, houses of worship were closed by governments during the coronavirus pandemic.

The president declared “houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques” to be “essential places that provide essential services.”

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” Trump said. “It’s not right. So, I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship ‘essential.'”

“I’m call governors upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now,” he said during a press availability at the White House on Friday afternoon.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Mayor B. will have a bone to pick with that. Mayor B. is a demon when it comes to opening churches.

  • Amen!!!

  • My church never closed, Dunleavy’s mandate closing churches was unconstitutional. Any church that closed did so of its own free will.

    • And stayed open of free will as well Mongo. No cops cited your pastor. So why do you treat this Governor like the socialist in NY, NJ, CA, IL, MA, etc.?

      • So Coons , it helps to be an appointee of Big Mike !

  • It is past time for Mayor B to stop 🛑 trying show he should be elected governor or senator. His playing the better leader than Dunleavy only shows how petty and tyrannical he is and alienates everyone living in Anchorage. It makes him look like the small man he is. He has no better benchmarks and/or plan then the Governor. He just wants to exercise his perceived power before his Subjects. How many businesses did his inspectors write $1000 tickets to for opening when the Gov said they could or on Monday when the little man said? Pretty demeaning using his power against his own voters and citizens. Do you want this man to continue in any office??

    • Better than Dunleavy.

      Opening up without meeting the metrics for opening safely is insanity.

      Putting political expedience ahead of public health imperatives is shameful.

      • But opening pot stores is right up there with essential health needs? Twisted thinking, Bill Tobin. Your mind sounds a bit fried. Pot, maybe?

      • What metrics …all plans have lead to unconstitutional takings ! Get real !

  • Bill Tobin, please expound upon the metrics for us. Is it the fact that only 44 people out of a population of 700,000 have ever been in Hospital due to this CORONA? Seems insane to continue with these devastating mandates given the fact above, unless it is about political power. That is shameful Bill…

  • Please name the governors, even one, who has said abortion clinics and liquor stores are essential. Anyone? Anyone! I didn’t think so. “May open”, by the way, very different from “essential”. Words matter. Lies matter. Strongly doubt any governor spoke to this. Just more Trump bait trap!

    • Half Whitmer, Newsom, Cuomo etc………………….basically all the Commie Demoncrat Governors did and still do.

  • God and politics. The Moral Majority got Ronald Reagan elected,……..twice.
    Then we had the immoral ones, the Clinton’s, bump God to the rear. Then Bush Jr., with God steering the way for his two terms. Then the Muslim, Hussein Obama, bringing satanic verses to America for two terms. Now we have God back, when we REALLY need him.

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