Kansas City Mayor Defends “Totalitarian” Policy For Churchgoers

Church steeple at sunset.Editorial

Church steeple at sunset.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas issued a rule on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, ordering maximum numbers present in businesses and churches. But that’s not all. He requires churches to “surveil, track, and spy” on those who attend in-person services [1]. It does sound rather totalitarian, doesn’t it?

Collect names and data, track individuals, and who they are around. “It’s for their own good.” the totalitarian says. After that, it’s simple to arrest people who may or may not have the virus. From there, what other excuses can we get for arresting someone? Imagination is the only limit.

How Does The Policy Work?

The Governor issued a 10/10/10 rule. It orders nonessential businesses and churches to have ten people inside and fifty people outside, as long as they practice social distancing.

They also must record the information of anyone who spends more than 10 minutes inside. This information- of the person’s names and contact information- is for the health department to trace, test, and isolate individuals who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Anyone not providing the information, will not be allowed inside. This information is kept for 30 days unless the list is needed at a future date [2].

Rights And Freedoms Violated?

Although Governor Lucas doesn’t see this action as a step towards “Big Brother,” many in the community do. How many church services last less than 10 minutes? Not any church I’ve gone to in my fifty-plus years.

A legitimate question an American Christian might ask is, “If I am going to worship my God, why should I have to check-in?” Especially to the government! Where does this mayor get this God-like power? If he can do this, where does his power end?

This policy supposedly also applies to small businesses as well as churches, synagogues, and mosques. That is fairly wide-ranging.

Besides, why is Mayor Lucas picking on churches and small businesses? Are they easier to control? Does someone stand outside the “big box” stores asking my name and contact information, and limiting my time in the store? See how long the attorneys representing Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, Target, etc. let that fly. My bet is not long.

There are more people in these larger stores than an average church on Sunday morning (not to mention, Wednesday night prayer meeting); thus the possibility of getting the virus is greater in a larger store than the smaller ones. Why no crackdown on those large players?

How Does This Affect Me?

A person in small-town America may think that actions like this only happen in the big cities. But there is a warning here.

Politicians overstep their legitimate bounds. They forget that their power is derived from the people they represent. Those people receive their rights from “nature’s God,” and limited portions of those rights are surrendered voluntarily to government, not more and certainly not all.

These politicians in the large cities get too large for their britches; then the effects percolate down to small towns, the ones too small to take legal action. For additional information or to assist those fighting for our freedoms, you can go here.

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