California County Faces Backlash for Banning Church Choirs from Meeting Together to Record Songs for Online Worship Services

A church hymnal inside an Anglican Church.

A California county is being criticized for banning church choir members from meeting together to record songs for online worship services as officials carry out the state’s stay-at-home order. 

The Mendocino County order stipulates that only four individuals are permitted to record from one place and “no singing or use of wind instruments, harmonicas or other instruments that could spread COVID-19 through projected droplets shall be permitted unless the recording of the event is done at one’s residence.”

The order, which went into effect on Good Friday, will continue to be enforced through May 10, Fox News reported.

In addition to churches, Mendocino County’s order extends to other public venues such as concert halls, auditoriums, temples, and playhouses.

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, posted a commentary on his website about such policies that restrict religious worship.

“To be clear, authorities can and should require that churches respect and maintain physical distancing between all the very limited participants in a streamed worship service,” Mohler said. “It is an entirely different matter, however, to tell Christians that they cannot sing in praise and honor of God.

“Indeed, these orders came out just days before Resurrection Sunday — orders saying that Christians, on the day where they celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, are prohibited from singing.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter