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Greg Vandermeulen in his June 25 editorial, "Freedom of worship not freedom from responsibility" writes about how we should be careful in demanding that people assemble for church on Sundays. He writes that we could as one pastor put it "give believers a bad reputation, portraying them as of having bad judgment and being anti-science". One pastor puts it that he thinks that the authorities are "working hard and their goal is to get us all back to normal as soon as they feel we can safely do that."
I'm getting cynical over whether the authorities really want to go back to normal. Sadly, a fair number of politicians across the West are showing that they love the newfound power that they have to control the population, particularly left of center progressives.
If left of center politicians before the pandemic loved to crush people's freedom of assembly by enforcing bubble zones outside abortion mills, crush people's freedom of conscience by forcing religious educational institutions to suspend moral mission statements like Trinity University, the ban of conversion therapy or freedom of speech through so-called "hate crime" laws, this pandemic was a gleeful good excuse to expand their power over people's lives.
Under lockdown rules protests against the lockdown where banned, yet in the U.S. the leftist Black Lives Matter protests go on with no social distancing at all and all we hear is crickets from the same power-hungry authorities and politicians who spent the whole pandemic crushing people's civil liberties under the guise of safety and health.
Here in Canada the same power-hungry politicians and authorities spent the whole pandemic never hesitating even for a moment pursuing lockdown violators, yet weeks before let the railroad blockades go on with immunity for an awfully long time without stepping in to remove the protesters.
Why is this so? BLM protests and so-called native grievances (or more accurately in regards to the blockades environmental grievances) fit the leftist progressive narrative.
In Virginia the Democrat governor passed a law that a church can hold meetings with an unlimited number of people to feed, shelter, and provide social services, but religious services are restricted to no more than 10 people. That states it all. No restrictions when a church provides aid and charity, but no worship services. It makes no sense other than that progressives hate the Gospel of Jesus Christ pure and simple. They found the excuse to restrict it and they use it under the guise of safety.
John Carpay of the Justice Center for Constitution Freedoms put it in the June 11th-17th edition of the Epoch Times newspaper that, "Freedom is like a muscle: when not used and exercised, it becomes weaker and less effective. Religious freedom, like freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, must be exercised if it is to retain its vigour and relevance."
He finds it strange that, "Since the lockdown in March, Canada’s premiers have deemed big box stores, hardware stores, abortion clinics, and liquor and marijuana outlets as "essential." Religious leaders who fail to insist that the government must recognize houses of worship as more essential than gyms and health clubs are doing more harm to religious freedom than politicians."
Under Canada’s Constitution, it’s not up to citizens to have to prove that lockdown measures are causing more harm than good. Rather, the Charter requires politicians to show that lockdown measures do more good than harm, and that the measures are truly necessary to achieve a clear and specific public good. The fear inducing predictions have not come to pass on the fatality rate of this virus. We even see the manipulation of volume of cases, like the gross overestimation of the number of cases like in Orlando Florida, or when ER doctors interviewed on TV in California are told to inflate the COVID numbers (YouTube banned their interview).
According to Gary Abernathy’s June 12th column of The Washington Post, 1,200 so-called health experts joined forces to sign a letter advising everyone not to use COVID-19 as a reason to shut down racial justice protests. Yet, "This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly against stay at home orders." So the protests for racial justice outweighs the risk of the spread of the virus, but protests against lockdowns is too risky. Talk about a politically driven agenda instead of medical science.
Michael Zwaagstra stated on the same page, that same issue quoted Leslyn Lewis a Tory candidate running for the leadership of that federal party as saying, "If people are allowed to gather together in a call for justice, then we must allow people to gather together on their knees for prayer."