Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to claim that banning public worship during the pandemic violates religious freedom — those findings in a new poll.
The same University of Chicago-AP poll also shows Republicans over Democrats say prohibiting drive-in services violates religious freedom, by a margin of 2 to 1.
Meanwhile, faithful Catholics around the world have been questioning church closures.
"I believe that faith strengthens your immune system. If you really believe, you won't catch it," said one worshipper.
The virus has prompted secular and religious leaders to say they are using prudence in suspending public worship, but as some reporters have noted, there seems to be a disconnect between natural prudence and supernatural faith.
What seems prudent on the surface may not coincide with the ultimate good of God's will, as Jesus' words to Peter remind us, after insisting Jesus not suffer and die: "Get behind me, Satan!"
The voice of the faithful has not fallen on deaf ears.
Recently, a federal judge ruled Kentucky churches could open for public services beginning May 10.
Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) of Oregon is suing its governor for what it calls a blatant violation of the state's Constitution.
And the concern of faithful Catholics has prompted a petition letter from Abp. Viganò on Church independence and religious persecution.
As more parishes resume public Masses and confessions in a post-Wuhan world, time will tell whether a "new normal" arises from the ashes.