WHEN THEY DECLARE CHRISTIANITY A VIRUS

Democrat Governors must believe there are two viruses. There is the Covid-19, which is especially toxic in church buildings, barber shops, and small businesses. That explains why churches and small local businesses must shut down or many people will die.

And apparently Covid-19 causes brain damage and diminishes the ability of pastors and small business owners to take the proper precautions to protect their people.

Here’s the second virus Democrat Governors must believe exists. Let’s call it Covid-20. It is different, it is selective. Covid-20 only targets businesses like Costco, Home Depot, marijuana dispensaries, and Planned Parenthood.  And because it is a kinder, gentler, more manageable virus, Covid-20 doesn’t force a closure of those establishments.

If you are so cynical as to believe that there is only one virus and that this a politically motivated double-standard…shame on you! If you think it is punishment for how Christians and small business owners tend to vote—that is disgusting.

But seriously, when will the restrictions end? It seems the all-wise governors have no idea when it should be deemed safe for the economy to open again. They either can’t or won’t define “safety.” That is because they are only interested in a power grab, and are setting us up for permanent changes.

Yesterday, Gavin Newsom proved there is a double standard. When thousands of churches told him that they would open up this coming Sunday, and President Trump declared churches essential, Newsom immediately pivoted and announced churches could reopen. Why? Did science change? Did he see something new? Nothing changed, and yet it is suddenly okay to reopen churches?

He was saving face when forced to by the millions who have stopped listening and obeying him. He wanted to look like he still had control.  He claims his actions are based on science. And, indeed, it is based on science, political science.

And why should we be surprised by all this? California Democrats have hated the church for years. They have punished Christians repeatedly. They tried to ban the Bible—they limited the size of church buildings—they fought to get sermons tagged as hate speech. The idea of churches shutting down makes their mouths water.

To the Pastors who seek guidance on whether or not to open, I say, “Open your eyes!” We are watching a dress rehearsal for something much bigger. This is a drill.

Here’s what the drill accomplished: It set the mechanism in place for future church shutdowns. It tested public reaction to see if there would be widespread outrage. And apparently it worked, because Americans acted like sheep, willing to trade their Constitutional rights for a bogus “safety.”

What this rehearsal did was to embolden the enemies of freedom. Next time, they won’t need a pandemic to shut down churches—they can treat the church as if it were the virus. And what will you do when they declare Christianity to be a virus? Chicago already thinks that way.

Churches are so dangerous to Chicago Democrats that they have threatened to bulldoze churches that dare to have services. The Liberty Counsel reports:

“In a letter delivered Saturday, May 23, Chicago Health Commissioner Allison Arwady wrote, “I am authorized to seek to enjoin such nuisance or to cause the same to be summarily abated in such manner as I may direct….” The letter ended by stating that “the City will take steps necessary to abate, including Summary Abatement.”

According to the Illinois Supreme Court, “Summary abatement would mean to put down or destroy without process. This means the inspector can, upon his own judgment, cause the alleged nuisance to stop on his own authority and effect a destruction of property at his discretion.” City of Kankakee v. New York Cent. R. Co., 387 Ill. 109, 116, 55 N.E.2d 87, 90 (1944).”

To know what to do you must consider these facts:

There are thirteen states that have been open for more than three weeks now (prior to 5/1), and these states have seen daily coronavirus cases fall 29%.

Meanwhile, in California, death is coming from several other sources: not only are businesses failing, resulting in unemployment and bankruptcy, but suicides, since the start of the shutdown, have now surpassed deaths from the virus. Drug addiction has increased. And in several states, the number of DUI’s has doubled. The damage from isolation is taking a severe toll in many forms, from homicides to divorces, from child abuse to spousal abuse. That is why churches need to be open, to stem the tide of these tragedies.

What if being closed is doing more harm than being open? Can you live with the fact that when your people needed you the most, and when your nation needed you the most, you remained compliant based on bad information and false fear?

Millions of your fellow Americans live in a police state. They are being illegally arrested, attacked, and shamed for doing nothing but living their lives in a legal and peaceful manner.

You want a safe church? I am sorry, but it can’t be both safe and Christian. The Gates of Hell are arrayed against the church of Jesus. On the basis of what He won on the Cross, Christ promised us victory. But He never promised a victory without our taking a stand against evil. We most oppose both demonic and human evil.

History shows us the pattern of how free churches become underground churches. In each instance, there was a window of action and opportunity. That window is before us, but only for a short season.

So, I ask you again, what will you do in the future, if the state declares Christianity a virus?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments

What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments
Federal investigations of the Garner and Brown cases are just a pretext.

(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Andrew C. McCarthy

Civil-rights investigations in Ferguson and Staten Island? No, what denizens of St. Louis and New York City ought to be worried about right now is . . . the crime wave overtaking Seattle.

If you don’t understand why, then you probably thought Obamacare was about covering the uninsured. Like its health-care “reform” campaign, the Obama Left’s civil-rights crusade is about control — central control of state law enforcement by Washington.

The deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York are each tragic in their own way. But in neither is there a federal civil-rights case to be had. To think otherwise, you have to be getting your advice from Al Sharpton — the huckster confidant of President Obama and Attorney General Holder.

The law of civil rights requires the government to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant, usually driven by racial prejudice, willfully acted — violently in these cases — with the evil purpose to deprive a person of specific federal rights. Let’s put aside the utter absence of proof that race had any bearing on what happened in Staten Island, for example, where police supervised by an African-American officer came to the scene because of complaints about Garner by local business owners. It is virtually impossible to prove a civil-rights violation when there is no denying that police were engaged in a good-faith arrest and were put in the position of using force because a suspect resisted.

In Ferguson, Michael Brown did not merely resist arrest. Having just robbed a store, he was the aggressor in a confrontation with a police officer, who was made to fear for his life. And in Staten Island, there may be a real question about whether one police officer used excessive force under the circumstances; but there is no question that some quantum of force was appropriate in arresting a physically imposing suspect who insisted he would not be taken into custody and waved his arms to prevent the cops from cuffing him.

Federal civil-rights cases are much harder to make than state homicide cases. They are supposed to be. They were conceived as a rare federal intrusion on the sovereign police power a state exercises within its territory. When police are engaged in an arrest because a crime really has been committed, and they use force because the suspect really does resist, the claim that they were actually scheming to deprive the suspect of his civil rights is asinine. The time to worry about the deprivation of civil rights, as Messrs. Williamson, Cooke, and Goldberg point out, is when progressives enact overbearing laws that criminalize things like untaxed cigarette sales, not when police dutifully carry them out.

Eric Holder knows this as well as anyone. The bloviating he is doing today about Ferguson and Staten Island is of a piece with the bloviating he was doing two years ago about Sanford, Fla. As I observed of the Trayvon Martin killing at the time, the attorney general huffed and puffed about bringing a civil-rights case against “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman, but he was never actually going to file one. It would have been even more embarrassing than the trumped-up murder case he and Sharpton browbeat Florida into charging — the one the jury threw out in nothing flat.

Holder and his constitutional-scholar boss are not banging the civil-rights drum because they believe these are prosecutable cases. It is just a pretext for unleashing Justice Department community organizers on state and municipal police departments.

The government cannot win a standalone loser of a civil-rights prosecution by crying, “Disparate impact!” Individual cases that have been demagogued by the racial-grievance industry become high profile. Once public attention is riveted, the legal and logical flaws become obvious. When people start looking long and hard, the “institutionalized racism” canard is exposed. For guys like Sharpton, that’s bad for business.

But the Justice Department civil-rights investigations Holder is fond of announcing are not like public trials. They occur out of the public eye, where feverish Justice Department claims are not aired and scrutinized. More significant, they happen with the air of extortion created by the nearly $28 billion in funding Congress keeps giving Justice every year, no matter how many congressional investigations it obstructs, how many false statements its officials make, and how much it politicizes law enforcement. The investigations are taxpayer-funded jihads that states, cities, and towns know they lack the resources to fight off.

Here is how the game works. Holder streams in behind a tragedy that Sharpton and Obama have demagogued. He announces a civil-rights investigation. Eventually, he backs down from the threat of an indictment in the individual case, never conceding that the supporting evidence was not there, usually citing some strawman injustice that has nothing to do with the matter at hand — in Florida, for example, it was “stand your ground” gun laws that purportedly needed reforming. But, the attorney general is pleased to add, the original civil-rights probe of the non-crime has metastasized into a thoroughgoing civil-rights probe of the state or local police department’s training, practices, and . . . drumroll . . . institutional racism.

You never get to see what that investigation turns up. States and their subdivisions know they cannot afford to go toe-to-toe with the Beltway behemoth. Big cities, moreover, are governed by Democrats sympathetic to the Obama/Holder race obsessions — they’re happy to have the feds come in and hamstring police with “social justice” guidelines that would be a hard sell politically. So the Justice Department makes the locals an offer they can’t refuse: A consent decree that makes the Treaty of Versailles look like a slap on the wrist. This device is the license by which the Obama administration is remaking state law enforcement in its own image.

How do they get away with this? Well, Obamacare may be the most notorious “reform” progressives have foisted on an unsuspecting nation in modern times, but it’s not the only one. In 1994 — the last time before 2009 that Democrats controlled the White House and both congressional chambers — they rammed through a monstrosity known as the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.” A Clinton deputy attorney general named Eric Holder was among the first to exploit it.