Keep The Bloomin’ Churches Closed!

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.”

McEnany-4No 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.

49 thoughts on “Keep The Bloomin’ Churches Closed!

  1. The faithful don’t need a house in which to pray for they are taught god listens to them anywhere. So each familly unit can pray at home or there are some online services where they can stay safe but take part in something larger without harm
    Cwtch

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    • So very true, but unfortunately we aren’t really talking about those who have a deep and abiding belief. The ones screeching like banshees to re-open the churches (and everything else) are the evangelicals who mould their religion to suit their purposes, who have no actual beliefs, but other, less noble motives. In my current mood, I hope they all went to church, held hands, kissed, breathed on each other, and perhaps by next week they will have realized the utter stupidity of their ways. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  2. I still can’t believe everything I read about the tramp or other morons. There seems to be no end to their stupidity. His motives in this particular issue are quite clear. And the results will be a steepening of the curve…

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    • As they say, “Truth is stranger than fiction”, or … “You couldn’t make this stuff up”. It gets more and more insane with each passing week, and I truly fear what it will be by election day on November 3rd. Trump is like a bull in a china shop … destroying everything in his path. By his own admission, he cares not a whit for the lives of people. Sigh.

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        • I read that … and wrote about it this evening. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. So, what … does Eric think the entire globe pretended to get sick just to support Trump??? More and more, I hate the Trump clan, and until a few short years ago, I had never actually hated anybody in my life.

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          • True. Neither did I. But there are limits to cynicism. One limit for instance is that all media, I mean, all, should boycott the tramp’s conference press. Now he wants to shut social networks down? This is Hitler/Himmler/Göring all in one.

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            • I fully agree with you on that! They give him entirely too much airtime, which allows many to see his rhetoric as “credible”. It’s an unfair advantage, even though I cannot see how anybody could stand to look at his ugly mug in action. After the 2016, the media admitted they had made that mistake and apologized. Now, 4 years later, and they are making the same mistakes. Stay tuned, for supposedly today there will be a big announcement about some executive order he is signing to curtail the social media. Can we say … “Freedom of the press”? Sigh.

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              • I saw that on the French news. What happened to Balance of power? Shouldn’t Congress vote? I seem to remember that Obama couldn’t get anything through and the Moron-in-chief signs anything and there it goes?

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                • Unfortunately, the republicans still hold a majority in the Senate, and they are too cowardly to stand up to Trump … they fall right in line with whatever he wants. Now, even the Supreme Court seems to have lost its integrity and largely gives in to Trump on most every issue. We really no longer have any “checks and balances”.

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                    • At least you didn’t elect LePen! If you had, then France would be no better off than the U.S. right now. The populist movement, largely a result of the Arab Spring, has tentacles far and wide. Trump, LePen, Brexit, Hofer … all are a result of the immigration that began with the Arab Spring and I don’t see it ending anytime soon. Sigh. I do that a lot lately … sigh, that is. 😉

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                    • Yep. Same here. Sigh and sigh. I still think that any crisis tends to generate a counter crisis. The Italian (and French) renaissance happened during the Black Plague that killed close to half Europe’s population. We’ll see what happens. Take care Jill

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  3. “Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason, and mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the U.S. and no authority to direct religious exercises of his constituents.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Rev. Samuel Miller on January 23, 1808. I have elsewhere mentioned Americans United for Separation of Church and State, also referred to as simply AU. On their website they state : “The wall of separation between church and state protects us all. It makes our country more fair, more equal and more inclusive. We envision a nation where everyone can freely choose a faith and support it voluntarily, or follow no religious or spiritual path at all, and where government does not promote religion over non-religion or favor one faith over another.” I believe that Thomas Jefferson would agree, as do I! Thank-you!

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    • You have mentioned AU before, but I failed to look into it. I shall rectify that tomorrow, for it seems a worthy organization. I think the push by evangelicals to tear down that wall of separation may be among the biggest mistakes this country has ever made. It makes it unlivable for a large portion of people here. They criticize Sharia law, but what they want is just as confining and restrictive! Thanks, my friend!

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. just before my late wife passed away she were visiting by a chaplain… he ask her if she had a religion and she said “No”… he then ask her if she believed in the hereafter and she said “Yes”.. he said “Good, it is what is in the heart that matters, not a name above door”…
    Over the centuries millions of mortals have believed in something without a church… what this is about in today’s world is simply arrogance… 🙂

    “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” (Gerry Spence)… 🙂

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    • I’ve always thought the same, that it is what is in one’s heart that matters, not all the rites and rituals that some seem to think will give them ‘eternal life’. Good for that chaplain for being human! Great quote by Gerry Spence, too … I fully agree!

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  5. Jill, you already know how I feel about this from my blog post. Nevertheless, the more of us that zero in on the pure idiocy of such an action, the better.

    In our local paper, the pastor of one church was (of course) defending his desire to open. What truly amazed me is him mentioning how humans are social animals and NEED to be able to shake hands and hug each other!!! Maybe so, but hardly the action during a pandemic.

    BTW, did you read about the listing in the NY Times of the 1000 deaths from the virus?

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    • Indeed, and I largely share your own thoughts. We do, however, need to try to shine a light on it, try to protect the fools from themselves.

      Yes, I did see the listing in the NYT and was first made aware of it late last night in Heather Cox Richardson’s daily email. I applaud this move on the part of the Times, for we seem to forget that we are talking about human beings, people who contributed, who were loved … they are NOT just a statistic!

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  6. pursuit of life, I had to laugh at that comment for while people are advocating for churches to be closed because they’re not deemed necessary, abortion clinics are open, and you can’t social distance in a place like that. total and complete hipocrasy. If an abortion clinic is deemed necessary because “my body, my choice” than a church should also be deemed so because “My spirit, my choice”, at least from a philosophically consistent position.
    Bars are open in some places and notice that places like Japan, where they didn’t have these stupid draconian lockups, they seem to be doing okay.
    As I have always said, and will always believe, governors locking down the economy are doing so, not for the health of the people they represent but they are using this crisis as a way to gain more control and power over the people.
    In one blog post, you’ve promoted the trampling of rights, just as you often blame the president for doing over and over.

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    • So you think the shutdowns are just a government spin to “gain more control and power over the people.” Of course it’s your right to believe whatever you want, but from your remarks I get the strong indication that you’re in the “it won’t touch me because I’m not old” group.

      Further, did you happen to read about the individuals who were asymptomatic and potentially infected anywhere from 30-50 people at a recent gathering? No doubt they agreed with your perspective related to government control. In the meantime, the people they may have infected must live with the fear of potential death from a virus that doesn’t really care about government control.

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  7. This is wrong on so many levels I’ve lost count: Church and state being separate, federal versus state law, science over politics, value of life over economics, the list goes on. All I can do is shake my head over the ignorance and stupidity of Trump.

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    • I do that head-shaking a lot these days … I think I’ve shaken something loose in there, for I hear an odd rattle these days when I shake it. You’re quite right … so wrong on so many levels, and the fact that there is no oversight … he gets by with whatever he wishes to do … is the most frightening part.

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  8. Jill, I think most worship leaders will follow better protocols and NOT do what the president suggests. Most people undestand the pandemic risk far better than the president presents to the nation. But, as I said in a comment on your previous post, America has 5% of the global population, but we have 31% of the COVID-19 cases and 28% of the COVID-19 deaths. Why is that? The world is “horrified” by our poor response, yet we are repeatedly told what a great job he is doing by Trump. The word “horrified” comes from an article in The Guardian.

    A bold reporter should ask the president to respond to these relative numbers. If this is a war like he falsely claims, then we are losing it in a big way. Keith

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    • The world is horrified, as are we, but there are still enough who … I don’t know, they just don’t seem to care about anything beyond the abortion or immigration or religion issue. He can destroy us all as long as he packs the courts with judges that will eventually overturn Brown v Board of Education, or Roe v Wade, or Obergefell v Hodges. Bigotry. Sigh. It’s costing us our lives, the reputation of our nation …

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      • Jill, these relative statistics are not widely known. When the press gives total deaths, Americans get glazed over. But, to show how bad the relative numbers belies president’s and others arrogance of how well things are going. To me, if we a Trump fan repeat how great a job he is doing on the pandemic, this query in retort may cause a pause. Keith

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        • I don’t know, my friend. It seems as if the Trump fans have filters between their ears/eyes and their minds, and those filters filter out any information that doesn’t fit in with what they believe, or what they hope to hear.

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          • Sadly, you are more correct than my hope is. Between Sinclair’s family of local TV stations and Fox, news that paints the Trump mission is underreported or not at all. But, far too many get their news from the president, narrow news feeds and social media. So, they just think we are crazy when we use facts. Keith

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            • I keep hoping, with each new abomination he spews, that some of his fans will take a close look and see what they’ve been supporting, but … it hasn’t really happened yet, at least not in any large numbers. A few here and there, like Jeff’s friend Jerry, but far too few.

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  9. I’d certainly like to know if Ms. McEnany will be among the faithful who attend church during this pandemic. Jimmy Kimmel noticed she still continues to have her hair done as there are no dark roots. among the gold. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Ha ha … I somehow doubt it, for she’s too busy trailing after her boss, trying to clean up his dirty messes and hoping he’ll throw her a bone. Just another bimbo in his circle, like Kellyanne Conway.

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  10. Trump is not pandering to the masses, but rather to the plight of the religious teachers who minister to the souls of their congregations. With churches (et al) closed, the clergy have no income coming in–unless you are a TV evangelist. Pretty soon Trump will be inundated for cries for help for starving preachers, priests, and rabbis. But he won’t be legally able to help them. Separation of church and state. Religious buildings will collapse, and they will collapse at Trump’s feet, right where he deserves them to fall. Oh, well. Life goes on–for some of us.

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    • If I were asked what is the greatest evil in the world, I would have to pick religion. Trump has, in numerous ways starting with his choice of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, shredded the doctrine of separation between church and state, and future administrations will have a tough time putting that one back in the box. But yeah, for some of us the opening of the churches is about the last thing we care about … I’d prefer the library any day!

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      • God, gold, and government, the three worst inventions of humanity. They are all self-serving. They are destroying us as people, and destroying the world we live on.
        Few people agree with me I know, and I’m cool with that. We are still evolving, as humans and as living beings. If we do not destroy our world, the future I see will come to pass. But it will not be easy, nor will it be fun, getting there.

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        • I definitely agree with you on the first two, and wish I could agree on the third, but it seems that humans cannot be … human … so they need rules to keep them from killing one another over stupid, petty differences. You may be right, that the future you see will come to pass, but not in our lifetimes. And I’m okay with that … I’ve had about enough of human ignorance, hatred, arrogance and greed.

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          • Just one correction, and I will go away–for the nonce. Humans are “taught” to need rules and laws. Because it has been that way for a hundred thousand years does not make it true that we need rules and laws. It is the rulers and the lawyers who make it so.

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  11. It’s like something from a Monty Python skit, Black Adder or Saturday Night Live, except wait – this wasn’t written by a room full of witty comedians, this is reality! Sweet mercy! How much more can America take?

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    • I don’t know, my friend. I think the madness emanating from the Oval Office will only get worse over the next five months and I don’t know how much more before we all run screaming into the streets wielding baseball bats!

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