COVID-19 edicts drawing increased cynicism

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

Coronavirus protection

As doctors, politicians, judges and the mainstream media continue to deliver alarmingly inconsistent advice and precautions during the coronavirus pandemic, there is a growing cynicism and refusal to follow so-called "safety" edicts.

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights president Bill Donohue argues that political bias and wavering laws during the pandemic have warranted American citizens' cynicism about following COVID-19 recommendations and regulations.

Not your usual pandemic

Donohue maintains that even though the general public should ideally follow medical experts' precautionary guidelines amidst a pandemic, today's growing skepticism of health professionals and government officials' safety advice is predictable – given the obvious nature of the political motivation behind warnings, laws and inaccurate statistics that have often been recognized as scare tactics and alarmism.

The League's spokesman made his case and point when referring to President Donald Trump's rally on July 29 in Midland, Texas, where most attending practiced social distancing. Critiquing the event, Dr. William Schaffner – a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – was angered at the few who did not heed experts' advice and he resorted to name-calling, depicting them as "dumb."

"Why are they in that large group?" Schnaffer asked about the several unmasked attendees, according to the Catholic League. "They shouldn't be gathering in groups."

Cornell University professor William A. Jacobson was then cited as giving "a more rational response" to growing skepticism and refusal to abide by coronavirus guidelines and lockdowns.

"The riots have ripped the mask off the mainstream media-politicized coronavirus hysteria," Donohue quoted Jacobson. "When it was politically convenient, the media shamed and attacked people who wanted to reopen their stores – or even gather at the beach. Now that rioters and looters are gathering in large numbers, the media no longer cares about social distancing – because the media sympathizes with them."

The Catholic League leader went on to slam the Garden State's top Democratic authority.

"Politicians also sympathize with the protesters, [as] New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was unhappy with store owners for protesting his shutdown decree; however he said it was entirely legitimate to protest racism, [saying], 'it's one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening, and it's another to come out in peaceful protest,'" Donohue recalled in a press release. "In other words, if he likes the cause of the protest, people can take to the streets without following social distancing guidelines."

Operation church shutdown

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) was also criticized for targeting religious gatherings with strict COVID lockdown rules while giving protesters and rioters the right to ignore social distancing guidelines – unequal treatment for which he was questioned … before giving this response:

"We're in the middle of a national crisis – a deep-seated national crisis," de Blasio replied in an attempt to justify his discriminatory regulations. "There is no comparison."

Donohue more candidly summed up the mayor's reasoning.

"Again, it is not mass gatherings that matter – it is what the masses are gathering for that matters," he clarified.

De Blasio was also asked if he believed the street protests had anything to do with the spike in COVID-19 cases. "I would be surprised if that's what's causing it," he answered.

According to Donohue, the mayor's treatment in favor of the radical left and against the religious right was further highlighted.

"[H]e instructed the contact-tracing task force not to ask those who tested positive for the virus if they recently attended a Black Lives Matter protest, but it was okay to ask if someone recently attended a church service," Donohue pointed out.

The U.S. Supreme Court was also called out for its duplicity by its own Justice Neil Gorsuch, who criticized the highest court for ruling that it is fine to permit crowds to gamble in casinos, but not for Christians to worship in churches.

"[T]here is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel," Gorsuch wrote in a recent dissent.

A similar bias was witnessed in the mainstream media, Donohue added.

"No one likes this outcome better than New York Times legal correspondent Linda Greenhouse, [who] loved the Supreme Court 5-4 decision – going into a fury over the dissenters," Donohue contended. "She accused them of engaging in a 'religious crusade' – decrying what she said was 'the ferocity of the main dissenting opinion.'"

He concludes by suggesting that based on Greenhouse's commentary, it's clear she would "not raise an eyebrow" if the churches were ordered to shut down indefinitely.


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