I have returned, dear heathens! It has been a couple weeks since I last posted because of all the insanity around the Coronavirus pandemic. My day-job has kept me too busy to write regularly. But things are slowly settling down and so I made it a point to come back and write a post! Hope you enjoy!
Since it was the COVID-19 pandemic that kept me away for a while, I figured I would write up a summary post of some of the delightfully ridiculous things that have happened in the last few weeks because of the virus.
First, we should talk about President Trump... because, wow. I have already written enough about the disastrous combination of Trump, politics, and religion, but this situation has given us a whole slew of new material to examine.
Earlier this month, after he declared a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump announced that Sunday, March 15th, would be a National Day of Prayer.
"It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these...," Trump tweeted.
The official proclamation for Trump's "National Day of Prayer" was a disgusting joke. Read the opening paragraph below:
"In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation."
So much for the separation of church and state, I guess? We get hit with a crisis and suddenly the government just wants us to pray the trouble away. That was two weeks ago, and the situation in the United States has only gotten worse. So prayer did absolutely nothing, unsurprisingly.
Ah, wait, correction. Prayer is making the situation worse. Well, in some instances, at least. The first positive case in Washington DC was Reverend Timothy Cole of Christ Church Episcopal in Georgetown. He shook hands with more than 500 worshipers at his church's service.
In Louisiana, a pastor has repeatedly ignored public health warnings to hold church services for more than 1,000 people at a time. Reverend Tony Spell, who held the services at his Life Tabernacle Church in East Baton Rouge, told reporters, "It's not a concern. The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says."
As a result of his insane determination, there is now a petition demanding Spell's arrest.
Of course, Spell has support from some politicians. Roy Moore, who I have written about before, is comparing the closing of churches to the work of "tyrants."
Moore's stupid statements on the subject included, "I am writing a letter to pastors on the duty to continue church assemblies, even in the midst of these trying times. Our faith requires it, our duty demands it, and no law or government can prohibit it."
Right, no duty to protect people from the virus, just the duty you have towards your imaginary god. That is what you really care about, apparently.
Moore is not alone in his idiotic support of churches at a time like this. Senator Marco Rubio pledged that part of the taxpayer funds included in the $2 trillion stimulus bill the U.S. government was pushing through would be given to churches.
Because with all the damage this virus is causing to the economy and to people's lives, Rubio thinks it is important that churches be given government support to make their lease payments.
This is just a sampling of some of the headlines from the last couple weeks that involve delusional religious beliefs colliding with the current state of the world regarding the pandemic. I can only hope that maybe some believers will see the uselessness of prayer and start questioning their faith as the situation worsens. We need real solutions, not prayers to imaginary gods.