Religious leaders speak out over Government’s ‘unlawful’ closure of churches

May 30, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph:

A letter warns that the state closure of churches is ‘unlawful and unnecessary’ as well as ‘an extreme interference’ with human rights.

The closure of churches is “unlawful”, a coalition of Christian bishops and religious leaders have warned, as they threaten a judicial review into the decision to keep doors locked.

Last week France’s Supreme Court ruled that the French government’s absolute ban on religious gatherings in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus is unlawful, and ordered the Government to relax restrictions on religious worship.

Now a group of high-profile church leaders and bishops in the UK have written to the Government seeking an urgent review of lockdown measures that uniformly ban churches from opening.

The pre-action letter, supported by Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, argues that blanket ‘lockdown’ restrictions imposed on all churches are both unlawful and unnecessary, asking the Government to prioritise the reopening of churches as part of their exit strategy.

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