Libraries aren’t open, schools aren’t open, and for good reason. We are still in the midst of a raging pandemic that is taking more than one thousand lives each day, there is more that is not known about the ways in which the coronavirus is transmitted than is known, there has been no slowdown of new cases, there is no cure as yet … so why should we rush to re-open non-essential services? However, in light of the fact that polls show Trump is losing favourability among religious groups, he has decided to appease them by demanding that all churches open immediately … today!
Now, a wise man might have looked inward to determine just why his support is waning and try to make some adjustments in his actions, but nobody ever accused Trump of being a wise man, and his ego is such that he can never admit anything might actually be his own fault. So, his statement on the churches opening was …
“Today I am identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogue and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services. Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right. I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call. The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now. For this weekend. If they do not do it, I will override the governors.”
Well good luck with that, Donnie. You cannot force the governors to call for opening the churches, and you cannot force the churches to open, nor can you force people to attend. The sensible in this nation are not yet ready to get back to “business as usual”, and I think that while some evangelical churches may be packed to the rafters, most more moderate churches will either remain closed or have a small turnout. Either way … churches are not essential. If churches are essential, then so are libraries and book stores, music stores and shoe stores.
According to the latest polls, Trump has lost 11% favourability among white evangelicals, 12% among white Catholics, and 18% among white protestants. Let’s be brave and ask the question Trump refuses to ask: Why? Could it be because these people have lost loved ones due to Trump’s mishandling and bungling response to the initial cases of the coronavirus? Could it be that these families have suffered losses of loved ones, as well as financial losses that could have been avoided if we had a president in charge? Could it be that perhaps they have finally tired of hearing Trump point fingers, lay blame, and concoct crazy conspiracy theories when they are looking to him for leadership, and finding none?
So, Trump thinks to throw the religious factions a bone by loudly “demanding” that all churches open immediately. It would be laughable, if it didn’t pose such a danger to so many. And then, there’s his hired mouthpiece, Kayleigh McEnany, by any definition a piece of work. Low on IQ, but high on the things Trump values, such as an anorexic physique, an empty head, and blind loyalty. It wasn’t bad enough that Trump is so stupid he ‘demanded’ that all churches open this weekend, declaring them “essential”. But then, McEnany comes along and accuses the media of having some ‘hidden agenda’ in ‘desperately wanting’ churches to remain closed.
“The president will strongly encourage every governor to allow their churches to reopen, and boy, it is interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”
No mystery there, Ms. McEnany … those of us who want to see churches remain closed do so because we want to see people remain alive. No hidden agenda, no attempt to steal people’s right to freedom of religion … just a desire to protect them from themselves. Churches are a perfect breeding ground for germs to spread like wildfire. People sitting practically atop one another, singing, clasping hands, giving hugs. For example, one person in California who, not knowing he had the virus, attended a Mother’s Day church service and exposed 180 other people in that short one-hour service.
I must admit that my jaw dropped to the floor when I read that, coming under fire for her support of Trump in this issue, McEnany said …
“I know the person I am. I know what I stand for. And I stand as a Christian woman, someone who believes in equality and truth and loyalty and honesty. It’s the values I’ve lived by my whole life. It’s the values I’ll continue to live by.”
Seriously??? She’s working for the wrong person if that were the truth, but in my book, she is a bit confused about what constitutes “truth and honesty”.
We are living through a pandemic, a disaster on a large scale where some people don’t even have food to eat, some people are losing their homes for they cannot pay their mortgage, and some people are near suicidal because they are old and no longer recognize the world as the one they once knew. By the end of this holiday weekend, the total deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus will number over 100,000. Think about that one … it’s not just a statistic, not just a number … those were real people, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, spouses … they died alone, and now their families are left with an empty place at the dinner table and an empty hole in their hearts. We are living in a country where the number of human lives lost each day to the coronavirus number over a thousand. Every day! Yet, Donald Trump and Kayleigh McEnany are so worried about Trump’s polls that they are willing to double or even triple the number of people who have died.