Where I am, after the county said that churches could open up to 25% capacity, like many businesses such as gyms and movie theaters, they then reversed their rule and will now force churches to have only 50 people, no matter how big the church is. It was the only sort of building for which the policy was reversed. That means that churches were purposely targeted for persecution.
Churches are threatened with fines of $1000.
In gyms and theaters, people hang out for a couple of hours. In gyms they breath heavily and sweat and move from place to place, touching lots of things… potentially shedding virus widely. But in churches? People in general aren’t within that long and, with restricted singing, they aren’t huffing and puffing.
This is bad, friends. This is open, targeted persecution and entirely unconstitutional. This is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment.
Government watches. County STASI. Fines. I don’t know how they would collect, but I suspect people would help to pay the fines, if fines were imposed.
We must resist.
What would really happen if more than 50 people showed up at churches on Sunday and simply went in?
What would be next? Arrests?
I want video taken of the County STASI taking mothers of children into custody. How would video of them hauling the priest away in his Mass vestments play on TV and the internet?
Would they do it? I wonder.
Maybe not in a first step, but perhaps in a second or third.
For those who live in the Diocese of Madison, which covers 11 counties, I have an ACTION ITEM. Especially for residents of DANE COUNTY (which includes Madison).
The Diocese has made a request via a statement:
The Diocese of Madison suggests and urges disappointed Catholic faithful in Dane County, and all county residents of good will, to immediately contact Dane County Executive Joe Parisi (608-266-4114, email@example.com), Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway (608-266-4611, only email is through a form), and Janel Heinrich, the Director of Public Health Madison and Dane County (608-266-4821, firstname.lastname@example.org) asking that all religious entities of Dane County be treated with the same reasonable capacity restrictions placed on other institutions under Phase 1 of its Forward Dane plan. It may be beneficial for Dane County priests to communicate this request (i.e., for the faithful to contact civil officials in protest) directly to those Catholic faithful who unfortunately will have to be turned away from Masses taking place in Dane County due to the 50-person-or-fewer restriction.
NB: Dane County RESIDENTS! Not enthusiastic residents of of Bexar County, Texas. Dane County, WI.
However, it may be that people from other counties are driving into Dane County to go to church on Sunday. If you get my drift.
It was made clear that government watchers would be present at parishes, in order to cite offending churches.
Madison Catholics to rally the Rosary today at the Capitol after city/county threatened $1000 fines for churches if more than 50ppl attend services. Madison will station spies in churches to force compliance. @foxnews @WKOW @dailywire @FatherHeilman https://t.co/95AC7GCioX
— Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) May 29, 2020