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If you live in Kentucky and you’re planning to attend an Easter service on Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear has a message for you. He warns that police will be recording your license plate. You will then be contacted by an official from the Health Department and ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Kentucky will record license plates of those who show up to any mass gatherings, such as church services, and will provide that info to local health departments, who will in turn order those individuals to be quarantined for 14 days, Gov. Andy Beshear says https://t.co/wY1CsTNuTw
— CNN (@CNN) April 10, 2020
According to CNN, Beshear said, “Folks, we shouldn’t have to do this. I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service, it’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American.”
Beshear noted that “the state is down to less than seven churches state-wide that are still thinking about having an in-person service this weekend.”
Kentucky.com recorded Beshear’s address. He said:
I’m going to take a new action that I hoped that I wouldn’t. It’s that any individual that’s gonna participate in a mass gathering of any type that we know about this weekend, we are going to record license plates and provide it to local health departments. The local health departments are going to come to your door with an order for you to be quarantined for fourteen days.
If you’re gonna expose yourself to this virus, and you make that decision to do it, it’s not fair to everybody else out there that you might spread it to. This is just an example of personal responsibility.
“We’re gonna make sure that those who are going get notice.” The governor holds up a sheet of paper that says, “Notice.” “That this will happen, that if they’re going to participate in the mass gathering,” he shrugs, “it’s fourteen days, self-quarantined at their home. Somebody makes that decision, okay, but understand that this is the only way we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill somebody else. That your decision doesn’t kill somebody else. That your decision doesn’t spread the coronavirus.” He was still holing up the paper that said, “Notice.”
The order reportedly does not apply to drive-in services, but seemingly includes houses of worship that implement social distancing efforts and smaller services.
Beshear’s full announcement can be viewed here.
As of Friday, the state has had 1,693 cases of COVID-19 and 90 deaths.
A similar situation occurred in Greenville, MS. The city’s Mayor, Errick Simmons, a Democrat, issued an order prohibiting “drive-in” church services.
In the video below, Pastor Charles Hamilton of the King James Bible Baptist Church, is told by Greenville police that his rights are suspended.
Ahead of Hamilton’s planned 6:30 “drive-in” service, four police cars arrived at his church. One of the officers tells him they will issue a $500 ticket to each person who showed up.
Video from Pastor Hamilton of King James Bible Baptist Church in Greenville, MS. Church tried the “drive-in” method of holding services & were targeted due to the Mayor issuing an order prohibiting such services. Watch as an officer tells the Pastor that his rights are suspended. pic.twitter.com/zLdT6Qd8ew
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 11, 2020
— Citizen Sanctuary (@CitzSanctuary) April 9, 2020
Later, on Facebook, Hamilton wrote: “The police in Greenville, MS went to Temple Baptist Church this evening and gave everyone there a ticket for $500 because they had a drive in service. Everyone was in their cars with the windows up listening to pastor Arthur Scott preached on the radio. What is harmful about people being in their cars listening to preaching with their windows up? Christians do you all see what is going on?”
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham touched upon this topic in an interview last week with Attorney General William Barr. He said, “I think religious liberty is the first liberty. It is the foundation of our republic, and a free society depends upon a vibrant religious life among the people. So anytime that’s encroached upon by the government, I’m very, very concerned.”
Anyway, a couple of things. First, I wonder if Beshear would send the police to a mosque on Laylat Al-Qadr, the most solemn night of the year for Muslims.
Second, and more important is the creeping encroachment on our civil rights. Democratic government officials, in particular, appear to be enjoying their new emergency powers. I posted about this on Saturday here.
I asked, “Is it me or does it seem like public officials, from governors to local officials are becoming drunk on power as our national lock-down continues?” I cited numerous instances of needless infringement upon Americans’ civil rights.
For example, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was threatened with arrest by local policemen who told him he could not sit on the private beach in front of his home in Florida during the pandemic. Are they kidding us? Huckabee and several of his neighbors, have filed a federal lawsuit against the county and law enforcement.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pushed her power the furthest. She ordered Home Depot and Lowes stores in her state to close off unessential sections such as flooring, garden centers and plant nurseries. Considering that a lockdown is a prime opportunity to work on projects in our homes, this is just plain stupidity. The store is open, and I can pick up batteries, but I can’t pick up a few shrubs to plant in my garden?
At any rate, Democrats are showing voters everyday why they should vote Republican in November.