Kentucky Baptist Pastor Concerned About Treatment of Churches During Coronavirus Pandemic

Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Kentucky, believes churches have been treated unfairly by the government during the coronavirus pandemic. Buck Run Baptist Church photo

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) — A Kentucky Baptist pastor is speaking out about ways he believes churches have been singled out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hershael York, the pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky., believes churches have been “unfairly singled out for both negative examples and also for enforcement of rules that were not being applied to other institutions.”

York doesn’t understand why churches are being held to different standards than the retailers around them.

“We’ve not been belligerent in any way,” York said. “But when we were allowed to go back, for instance, we were told we could only have one person in a bathroom at a time and then the bathroom had to be cleaned after each use. Well, my question was, why wasn’t Walmart told that?”

York and Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, were invited to testify before the Kentucky House Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee last week in Frankfort.

Todd Gray, Kentucky Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer, said, “I am grateful for Dr. York and his being invited to speak to our elected officials regarding the treatment of churches during the recent restrictions on in-person worship services brought about by the COVID pandemic.”

The Kentucky Baptist Convention comprises 2,360 churches with an approximate membership of 650,000 people.

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Source: Baptist Press