Three-Hundred New York Pastors Urge Gov. Cuomo to Prioritize Safe Re-Opening of Churches

Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), said “Phase Four is unacceptable for our first freedom…Under the First Amendment, worship services are not ‘non-essential gatherings.’” “Initially, churches complied with drastic measures to combat COVID-19. At this stage, however, a blanket ban on worship services across the state is no…

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Churches Set for Holy Battle to Open in New York

Newsmax, May 20, 2020 Three hundred pastors from New York state, led by the Rev. Jason McGuire, director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, signed a letter to the governor saying: “If it is safe to re-open retail establishments in a given region, it is safe to re-open churches in that region as well.” Well, what do…

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Churches can Resume Services

Press-Republican – May 20, 2020 Jason McGuire, director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical Christian advocacy group that monitors state policy and legislation, said he was “encouraged” by Cuomo’s announcement. At the same time, however, McGuire contended it came with “some hypocrisy,” noting Cuomo’s press briefing was attended by some 20 people—double the…

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Pastors Urge Cuomo for Guidance on Religious Services

Spectrum News, May 20, 2020 Hundreds of pastors across New York wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking that congregations be allowed to return to church as soon as possible.  “Out of respect for government authority and concern for the health of their congregants and the general public, thousands of New York churches have temporarily…

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Pastors Urge Cuomo to Prioritize The Safe Re-Opening of Churches

Genesee Sun, May 20, 2020 Over 300 pastors from across New York signed an open letter urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prioritize the safe re-opening of churches for congregational worship. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), said “It has been nearly two months since Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered…

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New York Churches Don’t Want To Be Among The Last To Reopen

WSKG.org, May 19, 2020 The Rev. Jason McGuire, with the Christian lobbying group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said evangelical church leaders understand that there is a state of emergency in New York because of the virus. But, he said, state officials should work with religious leaders to find a balance that allows church services…

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In re: Paid Surrogacy Agreements and Assisted Reproduction (S.2071-A-Hoylman/A.1071-B-Paulin)

Bill S.2071-A-Hoylman/A.1071-B-Paulin is an ill-advised piece of legislation that does nothing to promote the important policy goal of security and stability in parent-child relationships. The sponsors of the bill propose to legalize compensated surrogate parenting contracts and to create a confusing and deeply problematic legal framework for assisted reproduction. For the convenience of individuals and…

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Veterans’ Benefits for Servicemembers Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (S.45-A – Hoylman; A.54-A – Buchwald)

Bill S.45-A-Hoylman and Bill A.54-A-Buchwald, both of which are known as the New York State Restoration of Honor Act, relate to military veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges for making statements about their sexuality or gender identity, for engaging in consensual same-sex activity, or for engaging in transgendered behavior. The bills would make such veterans eligible…

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