Douglas Wilson, an internationally-renowned pastor in Moscow Idaho, pastors the church that promoted a peaceful protest outside of city hall among his parishioners. The police were waiting for them when they arrived.
As you read this, keep in mind the following events all happened in Moscow. No, not the seat of government in Russia, the town in Idaho.
If Douglas Wilson’s name rings a bell, there are a couple of reasons you might recognize it. One reason would be the leading role he has taken in the Classical Christian Education movement (Logos\). Others may remember him from the debate (and unlikely friendship) he had with Christopher Hitchens.
Wilson introduces the story in his blog this way:
Yesterday Christ Church sponsored a flash psalm sing at city hall. We were going to appear there at quarter to five, sing three psalms or hymns, then the doxology, and then out. The songs were Psalm 20, Psalm 124, and Amazing Grace. When we arrived, the police were waiting for us. One of them informed me that people either had to social distance or wear a mask, or otherwise face a citation. I told him that I would inform everyone of that, which I did. I said a brief prayer, and we began to sing. Over the following fifteen minutes of singing, three of our people were arrested, and two others were cited.
For the record, Rench has a perfectly good reason not to wear the masks.
Rench, who appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday night, said he told law enforcement at the jail that he has a medical condition that exempts him from wearing a mask. He declined to tell the Daily News what the condition was because of potential court proceedings related to his citation. Rench said he started to inquire with lawyers if and what steps to take against the citation.
The Cliff’s Notes of the event are as follows:
Police cited 5 participants at the peaceful protest, including Republican candidate for mayor Gabriel Rench. They were cited for being in violation of Moscow’s mask ordinance, despite being socially distanced and outdoors.
Two participants were also charged for resisting or obstructing an officer.
The five mask order citations were the first given by Moscow police, Fry said. The mask order took effect in early July and states face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor public settings where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained with nonhousehold members.
…The event was promoted on Christ Church’s Facebook page as a “flash psalm sing.” It started at 4:45 p.m. and most people had left within 30 minutes of it starting.
Ben Zornes, a Christ Church pastor and organizer of the event, said the church hosts psalm, or hymn, events about once a month at places like Friendship Square, East City Park or at a house. He said Wednesday’s psalm sing was also a fitting way to show that residents want a return to normalcy in the face of COVID-19.
“We wanted to make a statement we’re ready to head back to normal,” Zornes said.
He said it is time to start pushing back against “largely groundless” laws — referencing the mask order — that are being passed and enforced without giving heed to what residents want. —MoscowPullmanDailyNews
Pastor Wilson explains in his blog what the news media missed.
The first thing to note is that we had every legal and constitutional right to be there, and to do what we did. This was not an assembly of scofflaws. It really was a peaceful protest, a petition to our city government for a redress of grievances, and a religious assembly, all in one. Everything about it was proper. We sang three songs and the doxology, and then went home.
We took this step because of two very recent factors. The first and most obvious is that this last Monday night, our city council extended their masking mandate into January. This, despite the fact that our county, Latah County, has had zero hospitalizations, and there have been zero deaths. We are not facing a medical emergency here. This has become increasingly obvious to every unbiased observer as time has gone by. And despite the fact that there is no medical emergency here, our city council unanimously outlawed merry Christmas at the cash registers around town, requiring us instead to offer a muffled mmerrhr cccrrissmuh.
The second factor is that just a few weeks ago, there was an outdoor wedding here, presided over by our mayor. At least one of our council members was in attendance, as was law enforcement. Masks, however, were not in attendance. If there was no virus hazard at that wedding (and there was not), then there was no virus hazard at our psalm sing yesterday (as there was not). If anyone is interested in pursuing that issue, I understand that weddings frequently have photographers at them. I have seen evidence of just such a photographer. By having his police department enforce his order, our mayor is not enforcing an order that we don’t believe has merit, but which he does. No, not even close. He is enforcing an order that he does not believe in either.
So we have every right to protest the high hypocrisy involved in all of this. Not only so, but I believe we have a responsibility to do so. Having said that, I do want to mention that our protest was not conducted Portland style. The federal building is just a block away from city hall, and I can say that I was very proud of our people — not one of them tried to burn it down. Rather, we addressed this hypocritical and nonsensical law in a peaceful, orderly, law-abiding, and responsible way. –DouglasWilson
He goes on to mention the other reason the Covidictators may have been motivated to take action against them. They are involved in the gathering of signatures for the Committee For A Referendum On Masks.