McConnell Sends Angry Letter to Louisville Mayor About Religious Rights

Most Americans are currently living in states that have some sort of social distancing requirements. These rules have come further into focus this week as the holidays of Passover and Easter are being held.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) listens after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held the weekly policy luncheon to discuss Republican agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Republicans, while they have mostly stopped fighting against COVID-19 requirements, are worried about how they could affect “religious freedom.” This worry was on display Friday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent the Louisville Mayor a letter warning against infringing on these rights.

Some churches in the Kentucky city were hoping to hold Easter services in a drive in format. Celebrants would need to stay in their cars, parked six feet away from each other, with windows rolled halfway down.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer doesn’t want this to happen. He said earlier this week, “This is a big sacrifice for people of faith. This coronavirus does not care about traditions. It does not care about faith.”

Church leaders contacted McConnell about the prohibitions and he fired off a letter to Fischer.

The Majority Leader wrote, “It is important that we continue to respect and protect the constitutional rights of our citizens … the right to freely exercise their religion.”

McConnell continued, “The government has not imposed similar wholesale bans on gatherings of people in vehicles for commercial purposes — including large, heavily trafficked retail operations, grocery stores, and many others.”

You can take a look at McConnell’s letter to Fischer here.


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