A group of 10 Republican senators are asking Donald Trump to withhold federal COVID funding from any state that prevents churches from holding in-person gatherings if they’re perceived to be treated any differently from secular businesses.
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah spearheaded this insane request under the guise of preserving “religious freedom”:
Such executive action would send the nation and government leaders a clear and unequivocal message that religious liberty matters, and that no state or locality can unilaterally strip away protected constitutional rights.
To be clear, there’s no evidence of states attempting to stifle religious freedom during the pandemic. Lee is presumably referring to states where governors have placed sensible restrictions on in-person gatherings that apply to churches even though they don’t apply to places like grocery stores. For obvious reasons! "