Liberty Council is defending a number of churches from unconstitutional attacks leveled in the name of combating the coronavirus. One of the most outrageous yet was a story that the mayor of Kansas City is requiring churches to keep lists of the names, addresses and phone numbers of every person who attends services.
The mayor’s office, hit with a furious backlash, responded with a “clarification”: the city was not demanding a list of every church attendee, but requiring that the churches keep the list for 30 days so that if an attendee was diagnosed with the virus, everyone else could be notified, but the church could keep the list and destroy it in 30 days
That’s better than the first story, but it still requires churches to demand personal ID information from everyone who comes to worship, which is a very dangerous precedent, no matter the justification. The city argues that they require it of every other business except “essential” groceries and medical facilities.
The issue, however, is that churches are not “non-essential businesses.” They are sacred places specifically protected from government oversight and interference by the First Amendment. It appears that too many people in positions of power are unable to grasp the difference. They can ask for cooperation from churches, and most have been more than happy to cooperate. But when government tries to coerce churches into "cooperating," they’ve crossed the line.
GOOD NEWS ON THE VIRUS FRONT
Good News on the Virus Front: the FDA has approved a coronavirus antibody test that reportedly provides near-perfect accuracy.
This should help give us an even clearer idea of how widespread the virus already is. Previous studies suggest that far more people have been exposed than we thought and had mild or no symptoms, and that the death rate is actually much lower than originally estimated. That’s not to say it isn’t a very bad, even deadly, disease for those who are particularly susceptible, such as the elderly and those with underlying health problems such as obesity and compromised immune systems.
But if authorities expect Americans to keep complying with safety guidelines, we need to see some solid numbers to justify it, not wild, apocalyptic predictions that are used to impose draconian lockdowns, then are later scaled back.
On that topic, I’ve been hearing about how Sweden, which refused to impose a harsh lockdown and close its economy, was suffering devastating results. But here’s a report from National Review that suggests it’s fared no worse than nations that did destroy their economies.
PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE SAMARITAN'S PURSE
I am a proud supporter of Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that’s always first on the scene to offer help wherever it’s needed from Africa to New York City. Unfortunately, because it is a Christian organization, some people let their religious bigotry overwhelm any sense of gratitude that they should be showing. I wonder how many people treated by the COVID-19 hospital set up in New York agree with the nasty and ungrateful comments by the city council speaker?
I think the council speaker should look into the origins of the name of Samaritan’s Purse, which is inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. A Jew who is beaten and robbed is ignored by members of his own groups but helped by a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans normally despised each other. Jesus teaches us that the victim’s true neighbor was the person who showed mercy, not the ones who were just part of his own group.
When the speaker figures out who the real friends of the New York virus victims are, he can make his donation at www.samaritanspurse.org.
BAD METAPHOR OF THE DAY
Bad Metaphor of the Day: After the New York Times called on the DNC to investigate to see if there were any records of former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade filing a sexual misconduct complaint, DNC Chairman Tom Perez dismissed the idea as “absurd,” saying, “This is like the Hillary emails because there was nothing there.”
I doubt that I’m the only one who thought, “So you’re saying the records were there, but you erased them with BleachBit, then pounded the hard drives with a hammer?”
I’ll give Mr. Perez this much: the suggestion that this could be settled by letting the DNC investigate it is truly absurd. It’s like demanding that a fox investigate the security system on your henhouse.
DEMOCRATS BRING IN THE BIG GUNS
I wrote last week that it’s common among conservatives to figure out what the left is doing by looking at what they’re accusing the right of doing. So as shocking as this news should be, it’s really not: A retired Army general who served under Obama is working with an anti-Trump Democratic PAC to utilize an information warfare tool funded by the Pentagon to fight ISIS propaganda in order to target social media sites that defend Trump.
For instance, targeting people who dared to refute the media claim that Trump told people to inject disinfectant (which, by the way, he didn’t do – and FYI, nobody paid me to say that, I just watched the press conference.)
If you want to know what this is really about, then as usual, look closely and the people behind it will tell you themselves. This is what they’re calling this blatant attempt to silence free speech and prevent corrections of their own fake news and propaganda: “Defeat Disinfo.”
Dis info should tell you who’s really pushing disinfo.
READER COMMENT OF THE DAY
In response to Laura Ainsworth’s commentary on hydroxychloroquine, reader Ronald B. has sent in his own medical advisory, listing the side effects of a drug called “Leftyprog”…
"Leftyprog has been known to have unlimited side affects including, but not limited to: Socialitis; Econocollapse; Chaoticitis; Hyper Anxiety; Russian Collusion; Problems with breathing; Sudden Death or Disappearance; Heart Attack; Stroke; Extreme Outbursts of Anger; and Death. If any of these occur, please call your physician! Especially before Death!"
Thanks to all who wrote in with their own perspectives --- quite similar to mine --- including several MDs. You can bet we’ll be researching the new push for Remdesivir, including the curious patent situation for that drug. China? Really??
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (KJV)