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Entity defends that determination on services and masses during the pandemic falls to the religious institutions, not to the Public Power

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Author of the request that led to the release of ceremonies at Easter, the National Association of Evangelical Jurists returned to defend that religious activities are essential. In a statement released on Monday, 5, the entity claims to have triggered the Supreme Federal Court (STF) after receiving denunciations of state and municipal decrees that violated the religious freedom during the pandemic with disproportionate restrictions. Anajure also recommends “institutions that, in those places where a more delicate public health situation is observed, temporarily suspend the performance of collective face-to-face activities until there is an improvement in the ICU occupation situation and then a gradual resumption is possible. . ”

The association considers, however, that “this decision must come from the leadership of the church itself, always resorting to common sense and a duty to care for others, and not the Public Power”. In a manifestation to the Supreme Court, the governor of Sao Paulo, João Doria, defended the decree that prohibits mass cults and masses in the State, claiming that the measure is “exceptional and temporary” for the preservation of lives. After divergent decisions, the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, asked the Supreme Court to maintain only with Minister Nunes Marques the actions related to the operation of temples in the pandemic.

* With information from reporter Letícia Santini

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