None of the Churches, Synagogues, or any other places of worship should ever have accepted any restrictions from governmental authorities. We gave them an inch and they took the rest, as governments always do.
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — In imposing severe restrictions on indoor worship services because of COVID-19 protocols, the city of San Francisco “is turning a great many faithful away from their houses of prayer,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
“I never expected that the most basic religious freedom, the right to worship — protected so robustly in our Constitution’s First Amendment — would be unjustly repressed by an American government,” he said in an op-ed for The Washington Post. It was posted the evening of Sept. 16 on the daily newspaper’s website.
“But that is exactly what is happening in San Francisco. For months now, the city has limited worship services to just 12 people outdoors. Worship inside our own churches is banned,” he continued.
“The city recently announced it will now allow 50 for outdoor worship, with a goal of permitting indoor services up to a maximum of 25 people by Oct. 1 — less than 1% of the capacity of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.”
“This is not nearly enough to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of Catholics in San Francisco,” he added.
Source: Cordileone: Catholics’ right to worship ‘unjustly repressed’ by government
The COVID-19 crisis is a real crisis. Drastic measures were needed to ensure that we did not have mortality like that suffered in Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy. But the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been on pause long enough. We have suspended due process, the legislative process, and common sense while granting fascist state like powers to governors and mayors. We have witnessed a classic exhibition of the old bromide, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Mario Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Gavin Newsom, et al.; have had a taste of something they have long craved: total control over the lives of ordinary citizens, crushing private enterprise, and making everyone dependent of government largess. It has been a Progressive (fascist) wet dream, so it should come as no surprise that they have been loathed to give it up and return control to the people, where it belongs.
A roughly $21 million Brooklyn field hospital authorized by the de Blasio administration at the height of the coronavirus pandemic opened and closed without ever seeing one patient, according to city officials.
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook was one of several sites across the five boroughs converted into a medical facility as a way to relieve the city’s overburdened hospital system as the COVID-19 crisis mounted.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Mar. 31 — a day after the USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York Harbor to aid in the coronavirus fight — for the $20.8 million Red Hook field hospital with an estimated capacity for 750 beds.
The field hospital was built by Texas-based construction company SLSCO.
“They are going to set it up rapidly and we’re then going to go to the next site, the next site, the next site to meet our goal,” de Blasio told reporters of the site during that press conference in which the mayor also outlined the details to turn Queens’ Billie Jean King National Tennis Center into a 350-bed temporary hospital.Brooklyn field hospital never saw a coronavirus patient
Most politicians are very careful with their words because they can see anything past their need to get re-elected. That’s why this is so refreshing.
This is what a leader does while Joe Biden does one liners from his basement, Nancy Pelosi shows off her refrigerator that is larger than some people’s apartments, and Chuck Shumer stares at himself in front of his webcam wondering why no one else is listening to him.
President Trump announced on Thursday the White House’s plan for eventually rolling back social distancing measures and reopening the country’s economy in several phases — depending on location — amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan calls for three phases to reopening the country, based on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in each individual state or region.
“We can begin the next front in our war, which we are calling ‘Opening Up America Again,'” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. “To preserve the health of Americans, we must preserve the health of our economy.”
The plan, which Trump announced along with the formation of a bipartisan council of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress, outlines “recommendations” for governors to develop their own plans to reopen. It also includes a number of criteria that must be met in terms of numbers of infections and hospitalizations before they can open up.Trump unveils coronavirus guidelines for rolling back social distancing in phases: ‘Next front in our war’ | Fox News
One thing not on lock-down is the Progressive assault on the democratic process and rule of law.
A lawyer whose firm hired Fusion GPS to produce opposition research on Donald Trump leading to the phony “Russia dossier” has written to the State of Nevada pressuring it to bow to Democrat demands to allow “ballot harvesting.”
Mark Elias, a Perkins Coie lawyer who once represented Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, wrote on behalf of the Nevada Democratic Party to Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on April 10 demanding that the state refrain from prosecuting violations of current state law, which only allows “a member of the voter’s family” to return an absentee ballot on their behalf. It is a felony for someone other than a family member to submit a ballot on someone else’s behalf.
Across the state line, in California, Democrats allow “ballot harvesting,” in which party operatives may collect and submit as many ballots as they want. (The practice is almost exclusive to Democrats; Republicans do not easily part with their ballots.)
As Breitbart News has explained:
“Ballot harvesting” was legalized in California in 2016, and first used in the 2018 midterm elections. It allows anyone to drop off someone else’s mail-in ballot at a polling station. There is no process for vetting or verifying those delivering the ballots — no background checks or identification requirements. Democrats dropped hundreds of thousands of ballots off at polling stations in 2018, helping Democrats as they flipped seven Republican seats.
The practice is illegal in Nevada and most other states — as well as most other countries, where the practice is associated with fraud and corruption. Democrats, however, want to make “ballot harvesting” the law nationwide — and wanted to do so long before the coronavirus pandemic.Democrat Lawyer Behind ‘Russia Dossier’ Pressures Nevada to Allow ‘Ballot Harvesting’
Our Constitution is being shredded before our very eyes. This is turning out to be a global act of terrorism and we are willingly going in to the fear and allowing state and local governments to trample our civil liberties almost without protest.
There’s nothing like a crisis to bring clarity. The response of some mayors and governors to the coronavirus pandemic in recent days has made it clear they think they have unlimited and arbitrary power over their fellow citizens, that they can order them to do or not do just about anything under the guise of protecting public health.
We’ve now witnessed local and state governments issue decrees about what people can and cannot buy in stores, arrest parents playing with their children in public parks, yank people off public buses at random, remove basketball rims along with private property, ticket churchgoers, and in one case try—and fail—to chase down a lone runner on an empty beach. All of this, we’re told, is for our own good.
Some Authorities Are Targeting Christians
The most egregious example of this outpouring of authoritarianism was an attempt by Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer to ban drive-in church services on Easter. On Holy Thursday, one day before Christians were to begin their most important religious celebrations of the year, Fischer declared that drive-in Easter services would be illegal.
To remove all doubt about his seriousness, he also threatened arrest and criminal penalties for anyone who dared violate his order, and in an Orwellian twist, invited people to snitch on their fellow citizens. Fischer justified this by saying it was “to save lives.”
Thankfully, a federal judge made short work of the mayor’s idiotic power-grab, issuing a temporary restraining order against the city of Louisville on Saturday, writing so as to remove all doubt, “The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional.”The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country
The country is virtually shut down. Businesses are closing. Unemployment offices are being swamped by new claims. And suddenly just the act of leaving your house can make you the object of police action like the one below and a governor just snatching freedoms away at a whim. While we are “hunkered down” at home the stateists are stealing our country right out from under us.
I was watching CBS this morning and low and behold there was one of Red China’s useful idiots trying to pass off the Wuhan Chinese Virus as a European Virus. He was citing some vague and unverifiable data that COVID-19 was actually transmitted to the US population from European countries. Then he added as an afterthought, “although its roots were in China.” Cut the crap. The virus originated in Wuhan, Chin and actions intentionally taken by the Chinese government insured that it would spread throughout China and into the rest of the world.
“Special Report” anchor and executive editor Bret Baier told “Bill Hemmer Reports” Thursday that China appears to be increasing its public relations efforts in a bid to blunt the fury of the international response to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s a real effort by China to step up its PR game, its propaganda game, around the world and to send aid not only to the U.S., [and] to Europe,” Baier said, “but to be the benevolent player in the coronavirus scandal because it really is a scandal in the early days [in terms] of what those numbers were coming out of China.”
Baier also noted that Japan, Beijing’s third-largest trading partner, recently instituted a $2 billion fund for companies that take production out of China and either back to Japan or to another nation.Bret Baier says China stepping up international ‘propaganda game’ to look ‘benevolent’ amid pandemic | Fox News
This is the result of legislation through bureaucratic regulation. We have watched idly while un-elected bureaucrats impose regulation after regulation enforced by agencies that have become pseudo law enforcement entities in their own right.
A wall of federal regulations has jammed the brakes on the Trump administration’s efforts to react swiftly to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting new calls for a full house cleaning of the hurdles as part of the next stimulus package now being developed in Congress.
A new list shows at least 30 rules and regulations have helped to slow or stop President Trump’s “war” on the virus, such as burdensome testing required of promising cures, and in some cases helped to spread it, such as bans on disposable bags that encourage repeated use of dirty reusable ones.
“Many regulations have proven to hinder or delay appropriate policy responses. Other regulations are or were making things worse than they otherwise would be. In many cases, it is now clear that these regulations were never needed, or that whatever justification they once had has been superseded,” said a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute shared with Secrets.
In listing regulations tying the government’s hands, the group has started a new “#NeverNeeded” campaign to kill off rules blocking the administration’s effort to slow the spread of the virus.List: 30 regulations that stymied Trump’s coronavirus response
Nothing convinces me more of the absolute panic in the DNC as their blatant attempts to undermine the democratic process.
After failing with their first left-wing laundry list disguised as coronavirus relief, Democratic leaders are already plotting their next attempt to use the pandemic for political gain.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and former Vice President Joe Biden say we must throw election integrity to the wayside in favor of an all-mail election, fundamentally changing how Americans vote in eight months. The overhaul would vastly expand opportunities for fraud and weaken confidence in our elections, but all Washington Democrats see is a potential benefit for their party.
Pelosi says she needs $4 billion, at the height of the pandemic, to “really democratize our whole system.” Pardon those of us who thought we already had democratic elections.RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: Democrats’ coronavirus voting plan – this is the way to undermine democracy | Fox News