The Spokesman’s May 1 front page “Time for your Sunday’s Best?” made my stomach jump into my throat. An overwhelming majority of faith leaders took steps to protect their congregations and the public by not holding public services even prior to the governor’s order. Of all of those leaders who actually did the right thing, you chose to highlight one who blatantly did not.
Tim Remington is not only a pastor but also an Idaho state representative and ironically sits on the health and welfare committee. Mr. Remington “had a point to make” and it wasn’t to uphold the oath of office he took or the concern for the welfare of his community. He continued to hold public services even after knowing he and his congregation were directly exposed to the coronavirus by two members who tested positive. It was only by public pressure that he finally stopped holding public services, if he ever did.
Mr. Remington is not Sunday’s best and the Spokesman’s choice to reward him is more than disappointing.