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Latino minister group president argues against early church reopenings

By Nikita Biryukov, May 25 2020 2:07 pm

New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers President Raul Ruiz savaged President Donald Trump over a call to reopen the country’s churches in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

“While the United States Constitution guarantees the right to worship and the right to assembly, we the people do not have the a right to put others at risk,” Ruiz said.

President Donald Trump has been angling to force state to allow houses of worship shuttered because of the pandemic to reopen and begin holding religious services currently barred by a ban on mass gatherings.

It’s not clear that Trump, as President, has the authority to override gubernatorial executive orders.

In any case, Ruiz is against a hurried reopening.

“The risk of opening this week is significant; in addition to that, as we said before, it is against the law,” he said. “A clear and well-detailed plan must be drawn up, so that we minimize exposure to our members and visitors as much as possible, and at the same time offer peace of mind and hope.”

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