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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam suggested that you don’t have to sit in church for God to hear your prayer, according to The Daily Wire.

“Now, I’d like to take a moment to talk about our faith communities. This is a holy time for multiple faith traditions. Tonight, as a matter of fact, is the first night of Hanukkah, Christmas is two weeks away.”

“The holidays are typically times of joy and community. We gather together, we celebrate our faith, and we celebrate with family.”

“But this year we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building? For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.”

“So I strongly call on our faith leaders to lead the way and set an example for their members. Worship with a mask on is still worship, worship outside or worship online is still worship.”

“I can’t remind Virginians enough how serious this virus is and as I call on our faith leaders to set the example, I also hope that our local leaders across the commonwealth will do the same, many already have.”

“We have seen so many people who didn’t fully realize how dangerous this disease was until they experienced it themselves.”

“You don’t have to sit in the Church pew…” pic.twitter.com/U6Uwv4k971

— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 10, 2020

“What a theologically illiterate comment on the essential nature of corporate worship.”

What a theologically illiterate comment on the essential nature of corporate worship. https://t.co/iXFjxvGmWi

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 10, 2020

Northam is clueless and unsympathetic. It is hard enough to deal with the pandemic and then have a governor who shows little respect and lack of understand for people of faith. https://t.co/9wc6zFO47y

— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) December 10, 2020

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Governor Blackface Klanrobes lectures his constituents on when and where they should pray. https://t.co/VYXj6B9r9R

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) December 10, 2020

Don’t Catholics, in particular, need to be in Church to receive etc? Jews, I know, need a minyan. What’s more important, though, is that it’s none of this guy’s business. https://t.co/o0CaF7aiJS

— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) December 10, 2020

Governor Northam has no understanding of Christianity, and, thankfully, he has no authority over it either. https://t.co/5MoVmQ9v3T

— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) December 10, 2020

And I don’t need the governor to tell me how to worship God, thank you https://t.co/v7EMIClpep

— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) December 10, 2020

Christians like me and my own fellow congregants have a deeply held belief that the church is the assembly of the faithful- the *assembly.* It’s not up to the government to tell me what church is. In fact, they can’t. https://t.co/pQCalDSgv5

— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) December 10, 2020

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