Through the pandemic, we saw many states force churches to close. Texas as one of those states, succumbing to pressure from leftists, who felt that houses of worship somehow presented a threat. But the Texas state legislature and the state’s governor have taken steps to prevent the government from taking away people’s ability to practice their faith.
Abbott announced in a tweet that he signed a bill preventing this from ever happening again.
“I just signed a law that prohibits any government agency or public official from issuing an order that closes places of worship,” Abbott tweeted. “The First Amendment right to freedom of religion shall never be infringed.”
This bill bans “any elected or appointed officer, employee, or agent of the state” from closing a “building or grounds where religious activities are conducted.” In theory, this could also include any business that, in the event of another frenzy of forced closures, allows religious services to be performed on its grounds.
Texas state Rep. Scott Sanford, who filed the bill, says that “Closing churches not only eliminated these critical ministries and services, but it violated their religious freedom, guaranteed by our laws and Constitution.” He points out that “churches provide essential spiritual, mental and physical support in a time of crisis.”
Many were locked out of the places they needed the most during the COVID scare, but now many are questioning how effective the lockdowns are. Texas was at the forefront of easing and removing the restrictions and has shown great improvement in COVID numbers since reopening. Now, lawmakers have protected the citizens of Texas from attempts to use this pandemic or any future emergencies to steal away their faith.