In spite of COVID and the ongoing election disputes, Americans will gather on Thursday to give thanks for all that they have received, and to show gratitude to God and neighbor.
In many places across the nation, however, state governors are "cracking down" on Thanksgiving by implementing additional, seemingly arbitrary limits on citizens' right to free assembly.
At the same time, these same governors are allowing Black Friday shopping to go on practically unabated, without additional restrictions than those already in place for their states' COVID response.
This kind of discrimination is wrong!
Please SIGN this petition, asking state governors not to cancel Thanksgiving while favoring Black Friday.
Here are a few examples:
- In Oregon, Democratic Governor Kate Brown issued an emergency order limiting the number of people who may gather in private homes, to six, on Thanksgiving Day. But, shopping on Black Friday will go on almost unaffected, as retails establishments may remain open at a capacity of 75%.
- In New York, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a directive limiting the number of people who may gather in a private home to ten, while Black Friday sales continue.
- And, in Maryland, Republican Governor Larry Hogan 'High Visibility Compliance Units' will be deployed around the state, including state troopers being sent to all counties to strengthen enforcement of COVID regulations. Meanwhile, retail establishments remain open at a capacity of 50%.
While LifeSite believes in taking appropriate precautions for COVID especially for the elderly and those already suffering poor health, we also believe that individuals and families should be allowed to use their good sense and their own discretion rather than being coerced by the state in these matters.
Moreover, states should not be in the business of discriminating against family gatherings, like Thanksgiving, in favor of commercial pursuits, like Black Friday.
Please SIGN and SHARE this Thanksgiving Day petition, urging governors not to discriminate against family gatherings and impose greater, disproportionate COVID restrictions for Thanksgiving Day than they would for shopping on Black Friday.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
''There is no way' to enforce COVID Thanksgiving bans, New Mexico governor admits' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/there-is-no-way-to-enforce-covid-thanksgiving-bans-new-mexico-governor-admits
'Illinois governor refuses to say whether he’ll obey Thanksgiving COVID lockdown' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/illinois-governor-refuses-to-say-whether-hell-obey-thanksgiving-covid-lockdown
'The Governor Canceled Thanksgiving. Why Not Black Friday?' - https://www.wweek.com/news/business/2020/11/18/the-governor-canceled-thanksgiving-why-not-black-friday/
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