April 30, 2020

Knox County, Tenn., Bans Communion, Hymnals—and Even Bibles—at Church

Dana Mathewson

The junior Stalins are coming out of the woodwork! Never mind that they are violating the Constitution every time they turn around.
One of the things we’re beginning to see as states move toward "reopening” is elected officials and health directors mandating even more stringent precautions than had existed in prior orders. In Ohio, for example, Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a plan to reopen the state, even while ordering restaurants, stores, and their customers to wear masks — something that wasn’t required under his previous shutdown order.
Having tasted unlimited power, they will not relinquish it. We knew that. We're lucky they are overplaying their hands so soon!

It’s even worse in Knox County, Tenn., where the health department just announced that while churches may reopen on May 1, the Lord’s Supper is forbidden.

The order was announced by Knox County Health Department Regional Hospital Coordinator Charity Menefee, who announced that Communion is not part of "core worship.”

Want to bet this poorly-named Madam Mao hasn't been inside a church since she was a kid? Who does she think she is, passing judgment on what is, and isn't, "core worship?"

"The Community Strategy for Phased Reopening is complementary to Governor Lee’s ‘Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly’ framework and the White House’s ‘Opening Up America Again’ guidance,” the edict explains. "Local government has been empowered to create strategies relevant to the unique needs of the community.”

"If there are differences between the plans, the community should follow this local plan,” the document explains. The order lists the rules for reopening a wide variety of businesses including restaurants, spas, tattoo parlors, and museums. It also allows churches to hold services, provided they follow the county’s stringent guidelines that include social distancing, sanitizing surfaces between services, treating every partitioner "as if they are potentially dangerous,” and a requirement that everyone in attendance at Knox County churches wear a mask—unlike stores and restaurants, where employes and patrons are only required to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.

In addition, "The physical taking of communion/sacrament should not be performed due to the serial breaking of physical distancing across a congregation.” Churches are urged to "consider guiding parishioners in how to connect with the spiritual aspects of these practices during this phase.” Never mind that for Christians, Communion is a requirement, not an optional activity that can be transmitted over the internet.

Not only that, but church attendees are also banned from physically embracing or shaking hands with one another. And singing, while not banned, "is discouraged as it is thought to be an activity that expels significantly more virus than talking.”

Also banned by the Knox County order: "communal items (for example, tithe plates, hymnals, bibles, etc.).” Churches are told they should use a donation box in lieu of an offering plate. "Only core worship services are permitted in Phase One,” the order reads. "Activities such as groups and classes, youth services, social events, potlucks, communal snacks or food, and nursery, are not permitted in Phase One.”

 

And on and on, found here: https://pjmedia.com/culture/paula-bolyard/2020/04/30/knocksville-bans-communion-at-church-services-n386794 Dear readers, I am worried that government tactics like this may lead to some actual nastiness, of the sort Thomas Jefferson mentioned so many years ago.

At the very least, there need to be lawsuits!

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