President Trump has ordered that gun sales are an essential activity, during this period of business and government shut-downs. It is laudable that he is supporting the vital civil liberty of gun ownership, in times such as these. The freedom for people to come together and worship God in a house of prayer, however, is even more essential – more essential than going to WalMart, some would argue – and for that reason, it is part of the 1st Amendment.
It would be a great moment indeed, if, during this national crisis, the President rounded out his defense of American freedoms, with a well-defined statement regarding freedom of Worship.
Mr. Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in Spain 1936-1939. Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War.