6/24/20

I spent most of the day at home and tonight I plan to go to church. I am going in early to do some work in the sound room. Tobin will be helping me do some rewiring.

San Luis Obispo County reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county’s total to 473 confirmed cases as of June 24. Health officials stated nine people are hospitalized, including two patients who are in the ICU, 109 people are recovering at home and 354 people have recovered. San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

The health department reports that a total of 19,114 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far at both the public health lab and at private labs. Free coronavirus tests are currently available in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo.

County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein indicated in the Wednesday afternoon briefing that she is not alarmed by the increase in case numbers and as the county has started reopening it was expected that the daily numbers would increase. She indicated that the goals so far have been met in keeping hospitalizations low, keeping the severity of illness of those who contract the virus down, and the number of deaths down. She also explained that measures like wearing masks, keep social distance, and hygiene were used to minimize the spread of the virus especially in enclosed spaces.

As Americans see long-standing statues removed, the scope of what is being targeted seems to be ever expanding.

Monday, prominent activist Shaun King called for the removal of every image depicting a “white” Jesus. According to King, statues, murals and stained-glass windows of a “white” Jesus are “a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression.”

Former governor of Arkansas and ordained minister Mike Huckabee says this is “one of the most unbelievable things he’s ever heard.”

“If someone would study Jesus, they would find that he was the ultimate person who loved the unlovable, who cared for the ones that no one else cared for. He cared about people who were slaves. He cared about people who were prostitutes. He stepped in the path of those who were ready to stone to death a woman caught in adultery,” Huckabee told Fox News.

The former governor believes the hostility targeted towards Christianity stems from the religion’s call for its followers to “live toward an unselfish life, a life of servanthood,” which Huckabee says isn’t natural. “We are naturally, as the Bible would call us, sinners,” he explained.

The farther American society moves away from and denies its religious foundation, Huckabee said, the more individuals may forget religion is the root of the unique freedoms enjoyed by American citizens.

“Our fundamental rights don’t come from the government because if [the] government gives them, government can take them,” Huckabee said. “They come from God. And we created a government unlike any that’s ever been, whose sole purpose was to protect those God-given rights so that we could live in our personal individual liberty.”

Even if activists are successful removing the image of Christ from parts of society, Huckabee ultimately believes this would only serve to strengthen Christians’ faith.

“You can take down the images and the art of depicting Jesus, but you can never take the true spirit of Jesus Christ out of the lives of his followers. And historically, under oppression and persecution, the true faith begins to show even more dramatically. It’s because in the midst of darkness, light becomes more obvious,” Huckabee said.

Virginia, under the draconian rule of Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, has been leading the way in terms of awful, freedom-denying, totalitarian rules imposed during the pandemic on Churches. They’re the ones who issued an executive order that criminalizes having church services for more than 10 people, with the crime being punishable by a $2,500 fine, a year in jail, or both.  Since then they’ve been hardly better, with the Department of Public Health now urging residents to snitch on anyone contravening Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s coronavirus orders on public gatherings, including churches.

Virginia’s health department has recently been updated with the option to make like the East German model of enforcement and anonymously report anyone not wearing masks or violating capacity restrictions, with “religious services” being a prime target. In the case of not wearing masks, according to the executive order, “Any willful violation or refusal, failure, or neglect to comply” with the mandate would be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, an offense that can carry up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Under Northam’s Phase Two rules, “religious services must be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility in which the religious services are conducted. Individuals attending religious services must be at least six feet apart when seated and must practice proper physical distancing at all times”

As Virginia gears up to enter Phase 3 July 1, with churches still being subject to rules and regulations, there is no sign that the anonymous tip line is going away anytime soon.

YouTube has placed a LifeSiteNews video on George Soros’ support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in Restricted Mode for unspecified reasons, forcing viewers to click a warning agreeing to see “inappropriate or offensive content” before they can watch it.

In the video, LifeSite’s Gualberto Garcia Jones calls on law enforcement to investigate the role of Soros, a wealthy financier who has bankrolled a wide range of left-wing causes across the globe, in supporting the protests and riots that have spanned the counttry following a Minnesota police officer’s killing of an unarmed black man.

“Remember the big donor meeting organized by the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance just six days after the November election?” Jones asks. “The president of that organization – who, by the way, was a Soros employee prior to presiding the Alliance – is a man named Gara LaMarche. In his latest post on the Democracy Alliance’s website under the president’s blog section, Mr. LaMarche openly accuses the president of the United States of ‘blatant racism’ and directs donors to the very organizations organizing the violent protests. This is not a conspiracy theory; it is right there on their website for all to see.”

Jones also notes that Soros himself talks openly about his willingness to see societal crises used as openings to implement his preferred policies. “Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary,” he declared in a May 11 interview.

This message appears to be disfavored by the powers-that-be at the Google-owned YouTube, however. Clicking through to the video brings up a black screen bearing the message: “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.”

Close up views of flowers provide a different perspective on flowers.

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Published by mpfitch

I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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