Skip to comments.Senators Have Message for Kentucky Governor Who Pledged to Record Churchgoers' License Plates
Posted on 04/12/2020 3:36:51 PM PDT by Kaslin
Easter Sunday is one of the most important days of the year for Christians around the globe. Yet the holiday will look much different this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of celebrating with fellow worshipers, most Christians will be celebrating Jesus's resurrection from their living rooms. Including Vice President Mike Pence. The CDC wants it that way, having issued guidelines that Americans avoid gatherings of more than ten people.
However, some churches are defying those guidelines on Sunday and holding Easter services as previously planned. Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell, for instance, was charged with half a dozen misdemeanors last week for defying government orders and proceeding with his in-person church services.
It's making officials justifiably nervous because COVID-19 is extremely contagious. But, did Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear go a step too far when he announced that authorities would be writing down the license plate numbers of anyone they see attending church this Lord's Day?
"For those who decide to participate in a mass gathering of any type of which the state is notified of, the license plates of those individuals will be recorded and given to health department officials," News Channel 5 Nashville reported. "They will then visit the individuals home bringing with them an order to quarantine for 14 days."
Conservative critics Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) thought Beshear was overstepping his authority.
Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.
Kentucky Governor Announces Plan to Record License Plates of Easter Church Goers and Force Them to Quarantine for 14 Days https://t.co/z7U42liQRh— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2020
When Dem officeholders are sworn in, do they issue jack boots at that time, or do they arrive later in the mail? #StopPersecutingFaith https://t.co/X8HCcTtnUk— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 11, 2020
Beshear did not, however, completely oppose drive-through church services. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron encouraged religious Kentuckians to use the method for their Sunday worship, arguing that they should have that right as long as drive-through services are still available for liquor stores, restaurants and other businesses.
"As long as religious groups and worshippers are complying with current Centers for Disease Control recommendations for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, we see no problem with these drive-in services," Cameron said. “Religious organizations should not be treated any differently than other entities that are simultaneously conducting drive-through organizations, while also abiding by social distancing policies."
Judge Justin Walker, who was recently nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court, issued a restraining order on Saturday allowing for drive-through church service in Louisville. Kentucky Republicans Mitch McConnell and Sen. Paul approved.
Grateful for this strong, eloquent ruling defending Kentuckians’ religious liberty from Judge Justin Walker, @POTUS’s outstanding nominee for the D.C. Circuit. Of course church parking lots cannot be singled out with unfair standards that differ from other establishments. https://t.co/uS0V9lJ2uX— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) April 11, 2020
Thank God for a judge who understands the First Amendment prevents the government from prohibiting the free government exercise of religion.
COVID-19 in Kentucky: Judge grants church's request to hold services https://t.co/FMPfOe9GB0— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2020
No matter how or where you're celebrating this Sunday, a very Happy Easter to you all!
Beshear needs to be impeached.
The police are your enemy, folks. They are always your enemy, whether there is a made up emergency or not.
Now police have pre-crime as a tool to further restrict your freedoms such as red flag laws. They also have martial law declared but don’t have to use the words to describe the situayion.
These police are horrible, power hungry people who get off on controlling others.
He needs to be hung!
One of the things to remember about a civil/religious rights lawsuit is that it's one of the few categories of civil suits where the plaintiff's right to recover punitive damages and legal fees is written into the law.
For those who don't know, Comrade Governor Bashear is a Democrat. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is a Republican. He's also black.
Remember when the AIDS Epidemic started and anyone who even suggested Doctors should report Gay Men with the Disease be reported to the Health Department were vilified even though it was the standard procedure for anyone with an Communicable STD at the time?
The Health Department would then track down any Sexual Partners to be sure they were treated to prevent the spread of the STD.
Then they blamed POTUS Reagan for AIDS killing Gay Men.
That would be US Code, Chapter 42 Section 1988.
Why on earth a state like Kentucky would elect a democrat governor in this day and age is beyond me. Kentucky, you reaping what you’ve sown.
What if the person who drove the car to church is not the registered owner? What if the vehicle is registered to a corporation?
Maybe the gov should have thought this through before he issued his edict.
Because Louisville and Covington are rife with liberal and feral thug types.
Fire the police, jail them.
And vote fraud.
Many Kentucky Republicans voted for Beshear because they didn’t like the Repubican Governor, Matt Bevin. I hope that they are happy. Stupid is as Stupid does.
The Kansas governor has shown her true colors today as well.
Does this amount to a Bill of Attainder? Guilty by executive order and not the judicial process?
Move along some years later and having some more maturity & experience I understand more.
They may put on a smiley face and be friendly, but they see their jobs to find suspects to deliver to the prosecution if even with the most remote hint of a connection.
Added to the fact that many times the prosecution has withheld evidence that would have released the suspect (i.e. YOU or ME), then kiss your freedom goodbye and say Hello Bubba to your new cellmate for the next few yrs!
They dont call it the Criminal justice system for nothing and the prisons are a front for a massive slave workforce!
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