We’re now engaged in a national discussion about how to balance public health and economic health.
It’s the right discussion to have.
We need to embrace both as goals, not sacrifice one to another. But I’d like to add culture to the equation. Quarantines are essential during a pandemic. Economic growth is essential too, because poverty kills.
But so are certain cultural institutions and patterns. Private associations can also be essential. Churches, synagogues and recovery groups stand between us and despair and between us and death.
No. I’m not calling for civil disobedience by worshippers.
But, I am calling for civil officials to obey their mandate to uphold the public good by fully counting the cost of what is shut down—and for how long it’s shut down.
As we move toward resumption of our activities, our public servants should give deference to what is the most life-sustaining public gathering for tens of millions of Americans.Read More »