I thought about writing a post about John MacArthur’s decision to defy Governor Newsom’s restrictions of church gatherings. I planned to argue that his decision places his congregation and community in jeopardy. I also find fault with his Christian nationalist rationale for violating a legitimate public health edict. However, sometimes a tweet does this trick. Take this one from Hunter Crowder:
? We can finally get back to church to worship our pastors. https://t.co/EQQSwrqN7W
— Hunter™️ – Kierkegaard’s anon account (@HunterCrowder6) July 27, 2020
The state of California has a compelling interest in limiting the spread of COVID-19. California now has overtaken New York in the number of cases in the U.S. Indoor church activities make spread easier for the virus and it is easy to understand why the governor wants to limit indoor crowd size.
The Supreme Court twice has let stand rulings that allowed states to restrict religious services and they may do it again. MacArthur may be using this for attention, I don’t know. However, given the situation before us, Hunter has as good a theory as anyone.
I have been tracking churches as a source of spread of COVID-19. You can see that post here.
For more on the COVID-19 outbreak at Allaso Ranch, click here.