Church attendance is essential to America's greatness
President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship "essential places that provide essential services" to the American people.
"The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend," he said.
The president raised eyebrows by declaring that he will "override" governors if they don't do it.
Where's the president's authority to override governors on this matter?
I'm not a constitutional attorney, but I do have common sense.
The president takes an oath of office during which he swears to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The First Amendment of our Constitution protects the right to "free exercise" of religion.
Is it complicated during a difficult time like this when governors have a responsibility to manage the health and welfare of the citizens of their state? Of course it is.
But difficult times mean difficulty applying principles, not erasing those principles.
Is it reasonable for President Trump to categorize religious services as "essential"?