Commonwealth Policy Center

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Gov. Beshear’s executive order directing churches not to meet in-person. The court said “It’s not always easy to decide what is Caesar’s and what is God’s—and that’s assuredly true in the context of a pandemic…. The Governor has offered no good reason so far for refusing to trust the congregants who promise to use care in worship in just the same way it trusts accountants, lawyers, and laundromat workers to do the same. Are they not often the same people, going to work on one day and attending worship on another?” As I’ve talked with many pastors across the state I find that they want to honor the governor’s leadership but are resisting any overreach. In light of that, the court ruling will be well-received.