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NYC Church Leaders Say Doors Will Remain Closed on Easter Despite Trump's Push

Added 03-28-20 04:17:01am EST - “Churches in New York are committed to keeping their doors closed amid the coronavirus pandemic despite Trump's plan.” - Tmz.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Tmz.com: “NYC Church Leaders Say Doors Will Remain Closed on Easter Despite Trump's Push”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Churches in New York are steadfast in keeping their doors closed amid the coronavirus pandemic to continue slowing the spread ... despite President Trump's plan for an Easter revival.

TMZ has spoken with 9 NYC church leaders, and all of them are standing firm in vowing to keep their places of worship empty on April 12 holy day.

Reverend Peggy Clarke of Community Church New York tells us ... she considers Trump's push for Americans to attend church together in a couple weeks "stunningly unethical," adding "Easter is a celebration of love and victory over death. The best symbol of that will be empty churches on Easter Sunday."

Rev. James Ross Smith of The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin says while he's incredibly sad about not opening his doors on Easter, he shares Rev. Peggy's sentiment. Smith says ... "It is our responsibility and duty to take care of each other, and one of the ways we do that is by listening to the health experts."

Another leader we spoke with, Pastor Patrick Thompson of New City Church, has been personally affected by the pandemic -- he tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday after experiencing symptoms of a fever about a week ago, and is in self-quarantine.

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