Good luck fact-checking this one… he’s citing a judicial ruling.
Not every denunciation of governmental over-reach has to sound like the spicy pastor from Calgary who called cops the ‘Gestapo for disrupting his church’s Sunday service.
Even preachers who sound like they’re quietly auditioning to work for the BBC can make the case.
In fact, when the firey and emotional preachers and the reserved, analytical ones are making the same points, that’s a good indicator that the point on which they agree might be worth a closer look.
This message was sent out recently from a Church in Vancouver, and made reference to a court ruling in Scotland.
You probably never heard about the March 24 ruling in Scotland in which Lord Braid had something to say about COVID.
“It is not clear to me that the blanket closure of all places of worship can be said to have contributed to a material reduction in risk.” –Lord Braid
“I am clear that the effect of the closure of places of worship is that the petitioners… and the additional party are effectively prevented from practicing or manifesting their religion, however many broadcasts or internet platforms may exist.” –Lord Braid
“Some of the things that the Lord Braid has written in his conclusions this week are more than the Church has said in the past year in relation to worship.” — John-William Noble
“It is not for them or the respondents to dictate to the petitioners or the additional party that, henceforth, or even for the duration of the pandemic, worship is to be conducted on-line. That might be an alternative to worship, but it is not worship. At very best for the respondents, in modern parlance, it is worship-lite.”
And so, the Scottish churches are open once more. What about us?
From there, he picks up the line of attack on these shutdowns in his own words. The whole video is only 5 minutes long, well worth the watch.
It also gives you something worth thinking about.
If we have no evidence that closing churches has made a difference in viral spread, why are we still doing it?
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