According to a recently published study, the mental health of U.S. citizens has collapsed during this year of chaos, with no distinction made between age, sex, occupation, or income levels, except for one group: those who regularly attend church.
According to the results of a survey conducted by the prestigious consulting firm Gallup, the mental health of Americans is at its lowest point in the last two decades.
Since 2001, Gallup has conducted a self-perception survey of Americans in all 50 states as part of its Health Care study. Respondents are basically asked to say whether their own mental or emotional well-being is excellent, good, fair, or poor. The reading for those who rated their mental health as excellent or good ranged from 81% to 89% since the study began. The latest results indicate that only 76% said the same thing this year.
Practicing believers were the only demographic group that experienced growth from last year among those who reported excellent mental health. For those who reported weekly attendance at religious services, 46% reported that their mental health was “excellent,” up four points from 42% in 2019.
In contrast, in the rest of the demographic groups, those who mentioned that their mental health was excellent was a low between 8% and 15%.
Analyzing this data it is easy to understand the insistence from religious sectors to consider places of worship as “essential activity.”
The church is always necessary for believers, but it has been especially critical during the yearlong tribulations that included violent riots, a global pandemic, and a contentious election.
While the suffering of many people increased exponentially in 2020, economically, physically, and spiritually, it became clear that spirituality and faith in God was paramount for those who were able to continue to attend their places of worship.
Unfortunately, and through the fault of leftist politicians, thousands of believers still find the doors of the churches closed. For many it is the only place where they find comfort in a year where they have lost their jobs, have not been able to travel to visit their families, and suffer isolation.
However, U.S. citizens have begun to strongly reject restrictions imposed to combat the CCP Virus that violate good religious freedom practices.
“As governments closed and reopened economies, we saw conflict as houses of worship faced continued limitations while bars and casinos were allowed to reopen,” Caleb Lyman, director of research and analysis for the Becket Fund, told The Washington Free Beacon.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently spoke to the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, warning that the right to religious freedom is being undermined by certain sectors of society.
The justice warned, Breitbart reported, that religious freedoms are being affected in certain sectors and that the CCP Virus has awakened disturbing trends that were already present.
Leaders of Jewish congregations in New York and many Catholic churches have appealed to the Supreme Court over restrictions on the CCP Virus imposed by Democratic governors in several states, including limits on the number of parishioners who can gather for religious services, Fox News reported.
As we see the mental health well-being of our citizens declining day by day and many politicians with their wrong decisions only further that decline, it must be recognized that conservatives are right, the church and other places of worship where people connect with their faith, their spirit, and God, certainly represent a “fundamental activity.”