…arrests will be made.
IF (and I doubt it) there is going to be civil disobedience (h/t TKC:Looking Out My Office Window) to this lockdown which is becoming ever more draconian by the hour:
it has to be by church congregations.
Because there is no way it can be done by restaurant, bar, and mall patrons. The commercial operators are cowed; they know the government could, even before this murrain, summarily have shuttered them for any infraction of a forest of obscure regulations. Restaurants by now probably have no food on hand. They can’t just re-open. Soon there will be a shortage of potable alcohol as the industry shifts over to hand sanitizer.
Among professionals, and the host of other occupations which now can’t be practiced without a license from the state (everything from surgery to hair-braiding) the revocation of their licenses can turn them instantly into criminals if they continue to practice.
Ministers or preachers are the only “profession” in my state which are not and cannot be required to obtain a license. (Yes, Pa does regulate who can perform weddings, but that really doesn’t chafe since the couple can perform the ceremony themselves and no “officiant” is required.) And furthermore the religious are the only “profession” which is not supposed to be making a profit, and whose support does not depend on any service or good they are making and selling. Anyone can claim divine revelation and consequently can speak out about it.
A preacher can be jailed, as just happened in Florida, for violating an emergency health edict by insisting on assembling a congregation. A particular denomination could expel a rebellious preacher or priest, say, for performing same-sex weddings or for refusing to do so. But preachers cannot be prohibited by the state from continuing to so style themselves, and continuing to preach. Get that? Unlike with, say, a restaurant operator or hairdresser: while a particular locale could be shuttered , the credentials of the individual preacher cannot be revoked nor his speech enjoined. The Constitution of our Commonwealth is ferocious on the topic:
“…no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience..” —Pa Constitution . Art 1, Sec 3., Freedom of Religion.
Contrary to the Gospel of the Left, religion in the US has been the impetus for all great movements for social change: abolition, temperance. It is a radical, not a conservative, agent—just as it was in first Century CE Roman society.
We need another “Great Awakening” . I think this would make our third. Mike Lindell (“The My Pillow guy!” made a start with his impromptu sermon at the Coronavirus briefing on Sunday.
HD pointed out today (Clowns the the Left of Me..) that the Left is already planning to colonize the abandoned public square.
Take it back, America, in the name and sign of our dormant race-memory of the Puritan separatists, of our Deist architects!
Rise up, O Men of God!