It’s Sunday, Meaning Scofflaw Churches Are Open – Open Thread Covid 19

It’s Sunday, Meaning Scofflaw Churches Are Open – Open Thread Covid 19 April 5, 2020

It’s Sunday! Which means tomorrow morning we’ll see an absolute fleet of articles on which churches decided to buck the stay at home orders in their states, people will be talking about it and nothing concrete will happen to the scofflaw pastors. Best case scenario there will be arrests. But the problem with that is that it gives those very same pastors the ability to martyrbate madly, and raise even more money.

ABC News has a piece on the legality of asking worshipers to stay home and how that fits with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  It’s not clear to anyone if states can legally order churches not to hold services. It would seem to me that the First Amendment might not apply if your free speech puts others in true physical harm.

CNN did a piece this week that was chilling, where their reporter stood in the parking lot of a big church and talked to the worshipers leaving the service. Lots of hostile, mean spirited answers while proclaiming that Jesus would protect them from the virus. I fear it’s going to take a much larger toll on that population. Ironic. Unnecessary deaths in the name of Jesus.

Who else is obsessively watching CNN? I have been while bend over my quilting frame. Now that we’re on lockdown of the entire country time seems to stretch out and CNN has become my background jam. I will give CNN credit, they have a massive amount of Coronavirus resources on their page, from help dealing with the isolation to instructions on how to make yourself a mask.

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About Suzanne Titkemeyer
Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 33 years. You can read more about the author here.
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