It has been a tough few months for the faithful in California. First, the government tried to tell worshipers that they can’t go to church, and now that they’re finally back in church, the government is trying to tell worshipers how to worship.
Fox News reports that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has now banned singing and chanting in churches.
Newsom’s administration just put out the announcement.
“Places of worship must, therefore, discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower,” it reads.
The order goes on to, almost insultingly, recommend that churches have people sing over the internet from their homes.
The rationale, of course, is coronavirus prevention.
Numbers on the rise
Recently, several areas of the country have been experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases. California is no exception.
With more than 271,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 6,350 deaths, California is now second to only New York.
Newsom’s new order has the backing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has put out studies showing coronavirus cases are “augmented by the act of singing.” But, the faithful are not having it.
It just doesn’t make sense
The order itself is bad enough, but it is worse when it is considered along with other current events. While Newsom has been issuing bans, like this one on singing, in the name of the coronavirus, he has openly supported the George Floyd protests in which large groups of people have gathered, standing side-by-side, often yelling – an act which surely mustn’t be too different from singing and chanting in terms of having the potential to spread the coronavirus.
Yet, Newsom has not placed any restrictions on the protestors. This fact has not been lost on a lot of California worshipers, including Sean Feucht, a Bethel Music worship leader and pastor. Here’s what Feucht had to say, according to Fox:
For the last several weeks, tens of thousands of people have been gathering outdoors in cities all across California and they have been screaming and chanting and protesting, and all the while state officials are encouraging them as they do this. And then now, as the church wants to gather just like we’ve been doing for thousands of years to simply worship God, they bring the hammer down against us. It’s just, can you see the hypocrisy and how insane this is? … It really is time that we take a stand and that we fight back.
We do indeed see the hypocrisy, and, yes, it’s about time someone puts an end to it.