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CNN, which apparently loves it when thousands of peaceful and non-peaceful protesters gather in cities across America such as Portland, seems concerned about a Northern California religious concert where hundreds of people allegedly didn’t mask up or socially distance.
Regardless of whether you might be a devout person, a moderate believer, or even an all-out atheist, something doesn’t add up about the warnings over the potential spread of the COVID-19 infection: That is to say, for the contemporary liberal in the media or apparently in the government sector, it certainly seems that riots are okay, but religion is not okay.
According to CNN, the event that occurred under the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Cal., is “drawing criticism from a local health department that says the gathering violated state coronavirus rules.”
Video from a Northern California outdoor religious concert shows hundreds of people crowding together and most of them not wearing masks — drawing criticism from a local health department that says the gathering violated state coronavirus rules https://t.co/bla5lcfk4q
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2020
A millennial-focused, faith-based political activist movement called Hold the Line evidently promoted the concert.
A statement on the group’s Facebook page apparently attributed to musician Sean Feucht, the group’s leader, provided a counter-narrative to CNN.
“Government leaders voiced support for outdoor protests in recent months, they should not be condemning Christians seeking to gather in worship. Masks were made available, social distancing was encouraged, and the gathering was held outside as an extra precaution. The freedom to worship God is the constitutional right of every American citizen and those who exercise this right should not be unfairly targeted for criticism.”
Tonight in Redding under the Sundail Bridge at 730pm!!
Bring a mask (we’ll have some if you need). Spread out. Let’s worship Jesus and love on our city!
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) July 22, 2020
While outdoor faith gatherings are permissible there, the Shasta County Health Department claimed that the organizers never contacted them in advance or obtained a permit. Plus, the Hold the Line concert allegedly violated state COVID-19 guidance because too many people showed up for the size of the venue and, among other things, “Social distancing of six feet between unrelated persons was not practiced, and there was much physical touching,” and “Wearing of face coverings was not practiced in the absence of social distancing.”
Reasonable people can agree or disagree as to whether more of the attendees should have been wearing masks.
(Source: Sean Feucht/Facebook)
Authorities added that anyone there should self-quarantine for 14 days and get a coronavirus test.
Setting aside the specifics of the Redding event, Donald Trump Jr., U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and actor James Woods are among the luminaries who noticed that across the country, something is wrong with this picture.
It’s almost like Democrats and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media are a bunch of shameless hypocrites? https://t.co/jHTH58r3C5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 25, 2020
Good news. Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional order banning singing in church has effectively been repealed.
If anyone challenges it, just tell them you’re not singing, you’re just “protesting Satan.” https://t.co/Bv2zA4beC5
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 25, 2020
Various Twitter users made similar observations specifically in the context of the CNN story.
However, had they been protesting for social justice, all would have been fine. https://t.co/wO49L0JMT4
— G (@TCC_Grouchy) July 26, 2020
But you praise “protesters” who riot.
This is a hyperbolized, manufactured crisis that you continue to use as a weapon of fear whenever it’s politically expedient, and disregard it as needed.
— Alpha Barbie 🇺🇸 (@AlphaBarbieSays) July 25, 2020
If they call it a protest, the Covid goes away. Isn’t that how it goes?
— Jesse ✝️❤️🇺🇸 (@ShenanigansMom) July 26, 2020
This is such a hypocritical tweet given your admiration for mass outdoor protests the pass few months. Unbelievable…
— Trevor 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) July 25, 2020
They’re triggered because this is too peaceful
— McKayla J (@McKaylaRoseJ) July 25, 2020
But thousands can gather in Portland, Chicago without wearing any mask and social distancing yet it doesn’t make news.
You guys are hypocrites.
— Global Citizen 🌏 (@Newmanluckyman) July 25, 2020
Why are the very few of these types of gatherings making news with headlines critical of no masks or distancing but the protests and riots are perfectly fine, no mention of how irresponsible it dangerous THOSE are???
— Hollie (@aisnabi24) July 25, 2020
Yes we get it.. you guys want to try and erase Christian’s, no church, but fully support people burning buildings and looting our cities. Just remember we will always remember this. You have been fully seen for who you are and what you support. Cant wait to see you fall!
— AK-17 (@17_AwakeAlive) July 25, 2020