GA Faith Leaders Condemn Gov. Kemp for not Keeping Georgians Safe



July 17, 2020



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GA Faith Leaders Condemn Gov. Kemp for not Keeping Georgians Safe


Atlanta, Ga-- On Wednesday, July 15th, Governor Brian Kemp suspended all local government mask mandates in the state of Georgia. Gov. Kemp issued this executive order despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state. He subsequently sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to override the city’s mask order. Georgia faith leaders have responded:


Darryl Ford, Lead Pastor, Ikon Community Church (Atlanta):

"The order from Gov. Kemp forbidding local governments from keeping Georgians safe is despicable. The people in my congregation are looking for more protection and guidance, not less. When the governor of our state continues to take a deadly pandemic less seriously than houses of worship do, we have a serious problem." 


Min. Shavonne Williams, Georgia Organizing Ambassador, Faith in Public Life (Augusta):

"Gov. Kemp barring local governments from keeping their citizens safe violates the moral values of our state and the teachings of the Bible. We are reminded in Galatians 5:13-14 that while we are called to be free, we are not to use our freedom to be self-serving, but to serve others in love and to love our neighbors as our self.” 




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