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Maryland’s houses of worship should be seen as essential | READER COMMENTARY

In this Monday, April 6, 2020 photo, cars line up for confession, held in the parking lot due to the virus outbreak, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chelmsford, Mass. After Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 10 people due to the coronavirus, the parish moved their confessional outdoors with drive-up service. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Monday, April 6, 2020 photo, cars line up for confession, held in the parking lot due to the virus outbreak, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chelmsford, Mass. After Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 10 people due to the coronavirus, the parish moved their confessional outdoors with drive-up service. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Charles Krupa/AP)

As pastor of Calvary Chapel of Anne Arundel County, I thank Gov. Larry Hogan for his care and leadership during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. We, as a church, are supporting the governor’s decree for social distancing and assembly of no greater than ten people. However, as a pastor, I am greatly concerned with his identifying the church as a “non-essential” business (“Can Maryland residents attend religious services during coronavirus pandemic? Here are the new guidelines,” April 1)

I am greatly concerned that Governor Hogan is setting a precedent by stating that the church is non-essential to our community and our country. Throughout the history of this country and fine state of Maryland, the church has, and always will be, essential.

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I respectfully ask that he revises his order to add the church as “essential” business for the community and country. I am not asking him to revise the guidelines for social distancing, but simply to let it be clear that the church is “essential."

Ray Bollas, Glen Burnie

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The writer is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Anne Arundel County.

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