State Sen. Torrey Westrom. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Based on the feedback he’s been getting from churchgoers and clergy, Republican State Senator Torrey Westrom told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner this weekend that he’s not surprised church leaders are pushing back against the governor’s executive order to limit the number of people in a house of worship to 10.

“Our country was founded on the Christian faith and to many that’s a huge priority in their lives,” said Westrom. “And it’s part of the First Amendment, the Freedom of Religion and the Freedom to Assemble. And so, there’s continued pressure to find a way to allow churches to safely reopen sooner than later as well. And those are also being filed in the courts. I talked to one of the attorneys this week that’s filed at least two cases on behalf of churches. And so, I think the third branch of government — the Judicial Branch — is going to probably have to reign in the Executive Branch here.”

The issue has become a national debate as President Trump declared churches “essential” and urged governors to allow them to reopen. Westrom’s full interview can also be found on our website after the holiday.


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