Kentucky’s governor asked churches to cancel services. Some pastors feel singled out.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) called on churches Wednesday to cancel worship services this weekend to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but some pastors said they felt that the governor had singled them out.Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler said it was too soon to tell whether many churches in the state would comply with the governor’s recommendation.“It was made harder that churches were singled out and commercial businesses and athletic events were not mentioned,” Mohler said. “The state religion may turn out to be basketball after all.”Many urban churches with large congregations are set up to live-stream worship services, but some smaller, more rural congregations are not set up to shift online.“It’s going to be the responsibility of government leaders to be extremely clear when they are making these requests,” Mohler said. “Christian leaders will expect to be included in any recommendations but not singled out.”The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle suspended all public celebration of Mass, becoming the first Catholic archdiocese in the country to do so. However, the Archdiocese of Louisville said Wednesday that Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will not call for a diocesan-wide cancellation of daily or weekend Masses after conversations with the Louisville