We haven’t discussed COVID 19 in quite some time now. It’s still out there. I keep seeing articles about the second wave coming. Here in Costa Rica we’re gone from 1 or 2 new cases a day to nearly 50, because of the slight reopenings that have happened. Beaches and churches are still mostly closed. They just issued a mandatory masking order again in public places.
The Stateside news media is reporting that churches, evangelical churches, are the biggest hot spots of new infections in areas experiencing unprecedented growth in new infections. Seeing news footage of people hugging as they are coming into churches means I am not surprised. While I like prayer, I think it’s better to pray and use measures suggested by the medical world at the same time. Be safe, not sorry.
At the same time those folks agitating to reopen churches because it’s fascism to keep them closed are the same people upset about the masked hordes of people at the Black Lives Matter marches. It might actually be safer to march outside with a mask on, than to sit right next to unmasked people in churches. I don’t know. I do know how this just proves how hypocritical they all are.
Did you know there’s a new study linking refusal to cooperate with social distancing guidelines to psychopathic traits?
Speaking of abnormal personalities. A few weeks ago the Chicago Tribune did a story about former First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana Jack Schaap. What’s he up to since his conviction nearly 8 years ago? Serving hard time in federal prison after his conviction of violation of the Mann Act. He is due to be released to a halfway house in 2023.
Now he’s attempting to get released early due to COVID 19 and the compassionate release of prisoners for non-violent offenders in other prisons. But he’s missing an important point in many of the other early releases. These are all people serving for crimes that did not involve harming another human being. Things like property crimes, drug possession crimes (particularly for small amounts of marijuana for personal use) and other petty crime where no one was harmed.
Schaap is trying to use what NLQ friend Bruce Gerencser describes as the “Good Boy” defense. There’s just one problem with Schaap’s claims. Schaap left a victim, someone harmed by his criminal actions. Releasing him puts his victim at risk, as demonstrated by the insane amounts of vitriol poured out by his supporters on this poor teenager. Plus who’s to say that he will not do this again?
Let him serve his full sentence. He’s already been rejected for COVID 19 release once, and I hope the court system rejects him again. There must be consequences for actions. Serving a mere 7 years mixed with all the arrogant insisting on a lesser sentence he has done show he hasn’t changed at all.
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