In case it hasn’t become obvious by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is increasingly buckling under political pressure to alter its recommendations to the American public — something that has never been done in the history of the agency.
The latest example comes from the Washington Post’s report, White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance.
The full guidance was removed from the CDC site after it was briefly published and now consigned to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. We’ve decided to republish the recommendations here for churches, synagogues, houses of worship and other communities of faith interested in getting straight talk from health officials without interference from political leaders.
CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith
CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe. Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life. For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith. But as Americans are now aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing the spread of COVID-19 during this public health emergency.