COVID-19 Restrictions: When Government Goes Too Far

Dear Pastor friends,

We trust all of you had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday in these different times we’re experiencing. Over the course of the last week it’s likely that you’ve heard about some of the government overreach and attacks on religious liberty that have occurred in several states. Whether the affront was due to an overzealous local law enforcement official or a progressive governor, we are certain that your First Amendment rights have NOT been removed! We want to provide you with a list of Christian legal teams who can help you navigate these situations if they occur in your community or state.

Here are some examples of these incidents that we’ve uncovered for you to read:

Christian legal teams that can help:

E-Cigarette Dangers

Recently, a group of evangelical leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump encouraging a ban on the now-popular e-cigarettes. This comes after recent tragic events where numerous young people have fallen victim to the lie that e-cigarettes cannot hurt you.

“With an epidemic of youth vaping continuing, and an outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases, it is as important as ever that we keep these products out of the hands of America’s young people,” the letter signed by a half-dozen evangelical leaders states.

Read the letter in its entirety.

Law Enforcement Memorial to Remain in Tega Cay, SC

In July, 2019, a memorial to law enforcement officers, donated by a local womens’ group, was erected outside the new police headquarters in Tega Cay, South Carolina.

A simple stone monument, the memorial included the inscription “Matthew 5:9” on the front and a simple prayer on the reverse side. 

As is the trend of the day, someone complained about the religious references on public property.  Bending to secular (and minority) will, city officials removed the monument.

The public outcry was swift and loud and received national attention. 

Citizens and church groups, supported and advised by Faith Wins, protested in writing, on social media and in person with such God-inspired veracity that, ultimately, the memorial was restored to the property. 

Except for the scripture reference on the front, the monument and the full prayer are now on public display.

Faith Leaders Briefing with VP Pence

Faith Wins sponsored a “Faith Leaders Briefing” on March 30, 2019 featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Sen. Lindsey Graham, Vice President Mike Pence, Faith Wins CEO Chad Connelly and SC Governor Henry McMaster

Recognizing the need for a complete transformation of America’s judiciary with more conservative, constitutional judges, Faith Wins Founder and CEO Chad Connelly, has long advocated the necessity for state and national leaders to hear from and connect with pastors, churches and faith groups.

Leveraging his vast connections in government and, particularly, his close friendship with Sen. Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chad arranged for the Vice President and the Senator to attend the briefing at Brush Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina prior to a Graham campaign rally in nearby Greenville.

Vice President Pence updates faith leaders in South Carolina.

In his remarks, Vice President Pence told the group; “We know the truth is no podium the President and I ever stand behind will be of greater consequence than your pulpits.  No policy we ever enact will be more meaningful than the ministries that you lead.  No action will — we take will ever be more powerful than the love and compassion and the prayers for the American people.”