Commonwealth Policy Center

We live in a post-truth, secular culture that thrives on technology and specializes in making our lives ever more comfortable. Churches appear to be an institution of the past—archaic, unnecessary, and not meeting the real needs of people. Of course, that was Gov. Andy Beshear’s attitude when he ordered them closed in March 2020. Casinos, abortion centers, and retail outlets were allowed to remain open because he deemed them “essential.” In response, State Rep. Shane Baker sponsored a bill declaring that the state has no right to shut down a church. Rep. Baker called Beshear’s actions “a direct assault on our God-given rights, that are protected in the Constitution.” The bill passed the Kentucky House by a margin of 83-12. Its fate now lies with the Kentucky State Senate.