ATLANTA, GA: Today, Donald Trump continued his reckless call for houses of worship to reopen this weekend despite the continued deadly spread of COVID-19.
Sarah Riggs Amico, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia and devout Christian, released the following statement in response:
“President Trump is recklessly calling for faith leaders to endanger the lives of their worshipers – the precise opposite of what faith itself teaches us in so many traditions: to love thy neighbor, and to protect the most vulnerable among us. The reopening of our houses of worship should come only when it is safe to do so, not when it is politically expedient for this President.
Donald Trump’s efforts to manipulate church leaders for his personal gain will not be forgiven in the coming weeks when we see infections and death tolls rise as a result of his blatant disregard for safety and public health.
Luke 5:16 tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” This Scripture reflects the theological position held by many faiths—God’s presence cannot be confined to physical structures. Wherever we find ourselves, God is also there. If we truly believe in an omnipresent God, then it is irresponsible to suggest that worshipers have not been allowed to “worship their Gods” due to stay-at-home orders. And if Trump and his administration were paying attention, then they would know that true believers of all faiths have been indeed worshiping God in spirit and in truth in the comforts of their homes throughout this pandemic.”
Sarah Riggs Amico has centered her campaign on the intersection of her faith and her progressive values. She launched her campaign with a video about our underlying shared values and recently aired the first television ad of her campaign on the same. This week, she published an op-ed on Keeping the Faith in Times of Crisis Means Holding Our Leaders Accountable.