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Philadelphia Pastor Warns Congregation Trump's Push for Churches to Reopen Is 'Political Pandering' [View all]

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Source: Newsweek


BY CHRISTINA ZHAO ON 5/24/20 AT 9:13 PM EDT

A Philadelphia pastor has warned his congregation that President Donald Trump's order for churches to be allowed to reopen immediately is "political pandering," and that science still suggests it's not safe to gather in large crowds.

Trump on Friday pushed for the reopening of churches across America that have been closed amid the pandemic to stop people gathering and worsening the coronavirus outbreak. "Allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend. If they don't do it, I will override the governors," the president said at the White House. "In America we need more prayer, not less."

Senior pastor Alyn Waller, of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, home to one of the city's largest African American congregations, told his 31,000 Facebook followers in a video on Saturday that Trump's move is "political pandering to the right, extreme right-wing, to make a point for their votes."

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The pastor also informed his congregation that he will continue to hold services through Zoom and Facebook Live until health authorities deem it safe to gather in large groups. "The truth of the matter is the science still suggests that it is not safe to gather in large crowds," Waller said.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/philadelphia-pastor-warns-congregation-trumps-push-churches-reopen-political-pandering-1506279?piano_t=1



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