A reader sent in an account of his church’s decision to double-down on Sickness Kabuki by ending all “in-person” activities, because the cases! the cases! I reprint his saddening story, with my comments following:
I wrote you the original email that prompted your article back in May. Since that time, I have not participated in any church activities, but held out some faint hope that they might “come to their senses.” However, today I received this letter from the church in my email:
Dear Members and Friends –
“Your Board of Trustees and Minister had a difficult decision to make at the regular board meeting on Sunday, October 18. In an effort to protect all of us and our families from the spread of COVID-19, back in March your board of trustees made the decision to close our building to gatherings, including official meetings and worship. After months of isolation in the spring and early Summer, the Governor opened up businesses, schools and other organizations. Many of you, began asking for smaller, safer, outdoor gatherings, so in August the board voted to allow them on the grounds, including up to 20 for the Facebook Live portion of coffee hour, and up to 50 for First Wednesday Night and special events, all outdoors, masked, and socially distanced. Now, as infection numbers rise alarmingly, and as many of us — tired of isolation — begin taking more calculated risks of exposure in order to be with friends and family, public health officials have said that the most frequent places of transmission are smaller gatherings of 10 to 50 with close family and friends.
With all of this in mind, the Board has made another milestone decision to protect health and safety by voting unanimously on October 18 that “outdoor in-person events will continue only if all 3 counties (Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga) are at level 1 or 2. If any county is at level 3 or 4 will gather only remotely. Recommended process for reconvening in person is to wait 10 days after all counties are back at level 1 or 2.” This means that in a very short time we may have to cancel non-essential in-person events like Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving, Beverages and Banter, and small group meetings. The Sunday morning Facebook Live portion of the service may no longer be open to in-person participation. Of course, the Board will make exceptions for events like the blood drive scheduled for November, a response to emergency needs directed by a global organization dedicated to public health and safety.
This was not a decision made lightly or easily. While everyone agreed that it is the only responsible thing to do, we were also mindful that many folks, especially those who live alone, have come to count on our small, safer gatherings as a major tool for preserving mental health and spiritual connectedness. We want to encourage you to reach out to each other. Call a couple friends, and encourage each of them to call a couple more. Send postcards and greetings cards. Chat by email. Preserve the connections that keep our church thriving. They are the connections that will keep you sane and healthy as we move through this latest phase of the pandemic.”
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I find this disheartening for many reasons — it perpetuates the WuFlu/face-diaper culture, gives credence to “The Cases!” (which we know how cooked the books are on that) admits the effect of the shutdowns on mental health yet takes steps to worsen it, promotes fear of gathering with friends and family, and gives control to government officials and “global organizations” to make church decisions. I can’t say I’m surprised, but still disappointed — and have made the decision to not return to the church even if they ever truly “reopen.” I realize this is more of a rant than a question but I feel your site and forums are one of the few places where things that go “against the Party line” can still be discussed openly and without censorship. Thank you for keeping it that way!
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You’ve anticipated much of what I will say, especially in response to the acceptance of misinformed, hysterical nonsense – the cases! the cases!
It is nothing shy of tragic that people are surrendering their lives – and the lives of others – over something as meaningless as a “case” . . .without the context. As has been explained here and in other redoubts of sanity, the WuFlu isn’t a threat to most people. Therefore, it is absurd to impose these obscene measures on most people.
It would be reasonable for your church to advise the elderly and people with serious health problems to avoid in-person activities if they are worried about getting sick. Just as it used to be practice to warn the elderly about a very hot summer day – or a very cold winter day.
It is unreasonable in the extreme to insist that people who aren’t elderly or suffering from serious health problems that make them vulnerable to the common cold pretend as if they were in fact elderly and suffering from serious health problems.
Some will say: But it is the kind thing to do to accept these restrictions for the sake of those who are elderly and chronically sick. This is in fact vicious. It is no different than insisting no one may go near the water because there are people who cannot swim – or that highway speed limits must be reduced to 20 MPH so that those who can’t see very well will be able to safely merge and keep up with the flow of traffic.
Life is unfair. But it is more than unfair to limit the lives of everyone on that basis.
If that doctrine is accepted, there is no logical end to the limits which could be imposed on everyone. A popular British Face Diaperer named Gary Lineker actually said: “How can there be any debate about whether we should be wearing a mask? Even if it’s only a one percent chance of making you safer. Even if it is only a one percent chance of stopping you giving it to someone else. Even if it only saves one life then it has to be beneficial.”
Yes, it is beneficial – to the one (hypothetical/abstract) life saved. At the cost of everyone else’s life restricted – to whatever degree necessary to “save that one life.” The selfishness of this is halting. Even more so that such selfishness is presented as a virtue – by a church!
As you observe in your own comments, the church board concedes that its decision will impose alienation, isolation and loneliness on all of its members. This is “writ large” across the entire country. Hundreds of millions of people are scolded for not wanting to shut themselves away like recluses, deny themselves contact with their friends and families, efface their faces . .. because “someone” might get sick.
It does not matter whether anyone actually does get sick. The might is enough to justify the presumption. That might is dangerous because it curb stomps the presumption of innocence. You’re not sick; no one in your circle is sick. But because someone might be – or become – sick, everything must be locked down/shut down as if people were actually sick.
This is nothing less than weaponized hypochondria, which I’ve written about already. This is not editorializing. It is DSM diagnosis. A person who isn’t sick who lives in constant dread of sickness is a hypochondriac. When a hypochondriac imposes his illness on others, his illness has been weaponized.
I amen your decision to leave this church – which has become a cultic organization, as evidence by its hysterical insistence upon belief in a dogma that cannot be questioned and obedience to which must be confirmed by the wearing of the necessary accoutrement.
These people cannot be reached any more than one could reach the people who followed Jim Jones into the jungle. Attempting to divine and diagnose the mental defect that led them down this path is ultimately neither here nor there. They are quite literally out of their minds but – and this is the dangerous part – believe they are righteous and that anyone who does not share their faith is not just misguided but . . . dangerous.
This is not going to end well.
Two such irreconcilable viewpoints cannot coexist. It will be us – or it will be them. Either we will be forced to join their cult, including the wearing of the cultic symbol of their faith, the Face Diaper and play Sickness Kabuki from this day forward, forever – or we do what is necessary to contain this disease.
We can start by forming our own circles of sanity, as by getting together among ourselves to practice our religion. Anyone’s private home can be a church – and in a sense more meaningful than the building which houses what used to be yours. And if these diseased freaks will not leave us be, even then, then we have but one option left to preserve our sanity as well as our lives.
And that is to fight for them.
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