Faith leaders say Gov. Lee should issue state-wide mask mandate

WATCH: Faith leaders say Gov. Lee should issue state-wide mask mandate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A grassroots group is targeting Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for not enacting a statewide mask mandate.

The group says Gov. Lee needs to stop asking Tennesseeans to do the right thing and instead ask them to do the Christian thing.

Many of the group Southern Christian Coalition invoked the name of Jesus when calling on Gov. Lee to come out with a mask mandate.

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“I think that if you care about your friends and neighbors and family a mandate to wear these masks shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t understand why one isn’t already in place,” said caregiver Beverly Smith.

Matt Steinhauer, a pastor with the Lutheran Church of Lebanon, Tenn. echoed those sentiments.

“Governor Lee, as a Christian man you know what Jesus said, ‘Love God and love your neighbor.’ I challenge you as the elected leader of our state to stand up for the vulnerable population,” Steinhauer said.

Tipton County High School junior Alaina Snider told FOX13 masks are the only way to go at this point.

“It is one of the only measures that we have to stop it, and we don’t have a specific treatment,” said Snider. “It has been shown that COVID-19 multiplies and is more deadly than the flu.”

Reverend Lillian Lammers of the First Congregational  Church of Memphis drove that point home.

“We know that the CDC has said that wearing a mask and practicing 6 feet social distancing and washing your hands are the three most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Lammers said.

The Southern Christian Coalition is a group of grassroots faith organizations who say the values of faith should be weighed in on important decision making and that politicians have hijacked the Pulpit.

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