The spirit of liberty is not completely dead in the US. Sunday should be very interesting. Still, it’s absolutely incredible that so many states still have restrictions on religious worship, two months into this alleged crisis. Does the First Amendment mean anything anymore, or are today’s Americans so demoralized, propagandized and zombified that they simply don’t care? The whole debate over the virus has been framed as saving lives vs. saving the economy — basically, health vs. money. But there is so more to human life, and what it means to be an American, than that.
According to the report, which reflects executive orders in effect as of April 24, only 10 states are preventing in-person religious gatherings in any form. These states include Alaska, California, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.
In 16 states, residents may continue to attend religious gatherings with no limit on their size, while 21 states and the District of Columbia allow residents to partake in these gatherings if there are 10 people or fewer, according to Pew Research Center. Connecticut and Oregon have a higher threshold of 50 and 25 people, respectively.
Some of the states without size limits on religious gatherings, such as Florida and South Carolina, categorize religious worship as “essential,” according to the report.
In other words, as of April 24 (I couldn’t find a more recent report), the majority of states (31) had either banned religious gatherings in any form or limited their size to 10 people, making it effectively impossible to hold normal religious services. The assault on religious liberty, and the general lack of outrage over it, is to my mind the most serious and shocking aspect of the fake emergency that has been foisted upon us.
But at least we’re not Britain! Peter Hitchens performs a depressing autopsy:
We will never get out of this now. It will go on for ever. We will not be free people again.
Even when we seem to be free we will be like prisoners on parole, who can be snatched back to their cells at a moment’s notice.
I think I now understand why this period has come to be known by the repulsive word ‘lockdown’, an American term which describes the punishment of rioting convicts in a penitentiary, by confining them in their cells for long periods.
I hate this word, because it does not seem to me to be fitting to describe free people in a free country.
But we are no longer such people, or such a country. We have become muzzled, mouthless, voiceless, humiliated, regimented prisoners, shuffling about at the command of others, stopping when told to stop, moving when told to move, shouted at by jacks-in-office against whom we have no appeal.
We are learning, during this induction period, to do what we are told and to become obedient, servile citizens of a new authoritarian State. We are unlearning the old rules of freedom. […]
But now the new Strong State, growing in our midst for decades, has finally become powerful enough to emerge in all its naked nastiness. Or rather, all the proper institutions of a civil society have grown so weak that the Strong State can now get its way.
The married family, the independent middle-class, able to make a decent living on the basis of hard-won qualifications, the political parties, Parliament itself, the Opposition, the Monarchy, the Armed Forces, the Church (pathetically anxious to close itself), the Civil Service, most of the media, the BBC, are just husks of what they were 50 years ago.
Read the whole thing if you want a really chilling glimpse of where America is heading. Perhaps the function of Britain today is to serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. We cannot let America became Airstrip One. End the lockdowns, now. And those pushing such totalitarian madness as “contact tracing,” fever-screening cameras, mandatory vaccination and all of the rest of it are welcome to fuck right off to England, China, or some other hellhole where the ability to leave your home or worship God is not a fundamental right, but a privilege granted by a faceless bureaucracy.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” –Samuel Adams