(TargetLiberty.org) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has taken a major step towards securing religious freedom in his state by signing a law that prevents the government from closing houses of worship. Over the last year, federal and state politicians have closed churches or limited the size of congregations due to the pandemic; now Texas won’t be letting that happen any longer.
Abbott signs religious freedom law prohibiting government from closing places of worshiphttps://t.co/YmZPYWaxB1
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 16, 2021
On June 15, Abbott tweeted confirmation that he had signed HB1239, a bill filed by State Representative Scott Sanford (R) that orders “a government agency or public official may not issue an order that closes or has the effect of closing places of worship” inside the state of Texas. Sanford argues that, in addition to violating constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms, closing churches and other places of worship cuts people off from essential spiritual and temporal support – often at the times when they need it most.
Abbott announced the bill signing, stating that if we don’t have liberty we’re living under tyranny, and promised that Texans’ First Amendment rights will never be compromised. The new law is the latest example of states protecting themselves from the abuse of the federal government’s authority by enshrining the state’s rights in law.
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