I guess that means we’ll have to see you in court, Governor!
This is precisely the Bull**t that AG Barr told us he was intending to guard against.
Sorry to break it to you, bonehead, but freedom of worship is not a favor granted to citizens by overlords in a gracious and benevolent government if and when they think we deserve it.
It is an inherent right.
It is a right derived from GOD not granted by the State. Because it wasn’t granted by the State, the state does not have the authority to revoke it. It is, to borrow the phrase Obama once used to dodge responsibility, ‘above your paygrade’.
That being said, what is it Governor Pritzker THINKS he can impose upon a free people?
Pritzker announced a five-phase plan to reopen Illinois that gives guidance to schools, businesses, churches, and other religious centers about when they will be allowed to reopen. In phase three, gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed. In phase four, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed. Gatherings of more than 50 people will not be allowed until phase five.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Pritzker confirmed that churches will be held to the same standards and not be allowed to hold in-person services of more than 50 people until phase five, even if it takes more than a year to get to that position.
“You know, that in phase three, there can be gatherings, church gatherings, of 10 or fewer. In phase four, 50 or fewer. So that’s the guidance that’s been given to me,” Pritzker said. “I’m not the one providing that guidance. It really is what the scientists and epidemiologists are recommending.”
…Phase five cannot begin until a vaccine is widely available or a highly effective therapeutic drug is released. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away from being available to the public. — WashingtonExaminer
This is the same guy whose wife hopped a private plane to their other home in Florida (because she could), while the rest of us poor plebs were ordered to ‘shelter in place’.
It is no secret that religious institutions are one of the greatest obstacles to the Progressive and Marxist cultural agenda. This looks more than a little like they are (knowingly or not) taking a union-busting principle to your great enemy, the Church.
New habits are formed, they say, in about thirty days.
This ruling is forcibly creating a new habit — for perhaps more than a year — of NON-participation in religious activities.
Not only would this spell, on a practical level, the ruination of many churches, and the end of any charitable work they provide, but it is something worse. It is a corrosive weakening of the corporate bonds of the people in those churches.
And for what? Cuomo has already shown us data that Sheltering in place isn’t just failing to protect people from disease exposure, but that the vast majority of hospitalizations are from people who complied with the Chicken Little strategy.
What, exactly is putting our lives on hold for another year going to accomplish?
To use a relevant example, even WITH a vaccine, we have tens of thousands of deaths due to the Flu every year. At least twice in the last decade we had deaths similar to or greater than the entire Vietnam War… and nobody batted an eye.
But this one is special, and we should all run and hide until somebody gives us the all-clear?
You can hide if you like. But more and more Americans are done with running scared.
They’re not waiting for permission from government officials, they’re taking their lives back.