If you DARE to show up for a Church service on Easter Morning, cops will be taking down your license plate and paying you a visit.
Welcome to America 2.0.
Senator Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, is pushing back against a plan by the Democratic governor of his home state to crack down on church gatherings during the coronavirus lockdown by reporting the license plates of those who attend.
Paul, who has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, warned Governor Andy Beshear on Friday to ‘take a step back.’
‘Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here,’ Paul tweeted on Friday.
Beshear warned on Friday that anyone attending a weekend gathering will be ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks as he announced a single-day high for coronavirus cases in Kentucky.
If you dare to go to church anyway, you will pay a penalty: Two weeks’ enforced quarantine.
Still, the governor has stepped up efforts to prevent churchgoers from attending any in-person mass gathering services this weekend by enforcing misdemeanor violations related to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Beshear announced during his daily COVID-19 press conference that the state police will be recording the license plate numbers of any vehicles seen at the gatherings and the owner of the car will be notified by local health officials that they were in violation of the emergency orders issued by state officials.
Those associated with the vehicles will be required by health officials to go into self-quarantine for 14 days. — ABC
What do you suppose will happen if someone doesn’t comply with that 14-day grounding for attending Easter Sunday service?
If THAT didn’t seem heavy-handed enough… Greg Fischer, the Mayor of Louisville did one better. It took a Judicial injunction to stop HIS stupidity from taking effect.
Judge Justin Walker, of the Western District of Kentucky, issued a temporary restraining order against the city of Louisville Saturday afternoon in a case filed by On Fire Christian Church.
Walker admonished Fischer’s restrictions, announced on Thursday, writing, “On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion.”
“But two days ago, citing the need for social distancing during the current pandemic, Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer ordered Christians not to attend Sunday services, even if they remained in their cars to worship — and even though it’s Easter,” the decision continued. “The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional.”
The mayor had said in a briefing Friday, “In order to save lives, we must not gather in churches, drive-through services, family gatherings [and] social gatherings this weekend.” — ABC
At least the judge had the good sense that the petty tyrant running Louisville didn’t have.
What would earlier generations have thought of such a slavish reaction to our elected officials?
We could look to one of the 20th Century’s greatest theologians…
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis
Or we could look a little further back, to the words of Sam Adams…
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom – go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
Can it possibly be that Americans are now so quick to bend the knee to the State?