CA County COVID-Cops Could Arrest Church Singers Who Livestream Worship

P. Gardner Goldsmith | April 17, 2020
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Remember the Burgermeister Meisterburger, of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"? He hated fun, spouted dictates, and broke into private gatherings.

It seems that he might fit well on the Mendocino, County, CA, Board of Supervisors, who just banned gatherings of more than four people, as well as live singing to an audience and the use of WIND INSTRUMENTS in front of listeners.

Tyler O’Neil, of PJ Media, reports that on April 10 the “authorities” in Mendocino County, CA (one of the loci of the old hippie counter-culture wave) issued their arbitrary and capricious “Health Order” to the tax serfs out there, noting that failure to comply would be considered a felony misdemeanor, “punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

So much for peace and love.

And the Board of Supervisors' “Order” includes the typical travel restrictions, arbitrary business closures, “demands that people walk six feet apart”, and a curious edict about gatherings – one that seeps into houses of worship and even attacks livestreaming of worshipful music.

As O’Neil notes, the demigods of Mendocino have declared that “only four individuals may be present at any live event.”

How large is the space they allow for an “event”?

When the Supervisors of Mendocino gather or hold a news conference do they abide by the same “rules”?

Have any of these politicians bothered to read the US or California constitutions or considered the fact that they are threatening people with armed violence if those people don’t comply?

Evidently not. In fact, the Mendocino godfathers and godmothers have taken it a step farther into the world of the absurd. Their order bans singing and the public use of wind instruments.

No singing or use of wind instruments, harmonicas, or other instruments that could spread COVID-19 through projected droplets shall be permitted unless the recording of the event is done at one’s residence, and involving only the members of one’s household or living unit, because of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19.

And, as O’Neil observes…

The singing ban applies to "venues, such as concert halls, auditoriums, churches, temples, and playhouses" which are allowed to share "a recorded and/or live-streamed event" virtually.

But if a Mendocino politician wants to speak, potentially spreading droplets of spittle, not to mention the “lyrical drivel, article sewer” of police-state commands this edict propounds, that’s different.

Curiously, the Mendocino burgermeisters have neglected to mention in their commands that entrance into a church, participation in a band, singing in a choir, and attending live events is…

Voluntary.

Government is not.

This difference seems to be lost on them, as are the principles of free will and the strictures of the US government’s rule book, the Constitution.

Will they soon issue “licenses” to go outside? To gather? To sing? To worship God?

Perhaps that depends on what the politicians consider to be God.

The god of the state seems to be what they prefer.

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