RALEIGH – A group of pastors and Christian educators, called Return America, hosted more than 100 Christian leaders in Raleigh Thursday to rally against Governor Roy Cooper’s ban on indoor church services and announce a lawsuit against the governor for violating the free exercise of religion.
Governor Cooper has faced criticism on multiple fronts concerning the confusing and inconsistent restrictions on church services. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and other lawmakers have blasted the order as ‘absurd’ in that it treats establishments completely differently based on whether they are preaching the word of God, or selling goods.
Cooper has thus far refused to amend the order to comply with constitutional principles, so he is now facing lawsuits and a healthy dose of civil disobedience. Many churches in rural North Carolina are breaking the order to have service, and many more across the Old North State are likely to follow their lead regardless if the governor lifts the ban or not.