Here’s a perfect example of how right-wing Christians lie.
The legal group Liberty Counsel released a statement yesterday denouncing a plan by officials in Kansas City, Missouri to force “every church to submit a list of members and attendees along with their names, addresses and telephone numbers.”
This is a form of tracking Christians! they said. It’s just like what Hitler did!
The Germans did this very thing to Jews — collecting the names and locations of all known synagogue attendees — in the early days of the Nazi regime.
And then, of course, they asked everyone to donate so they could fight back.
The Christians at Liberty Counsel are lying. They’re liars. It’s what Jesus taught them to do.
Here’s what’s actually going on, as explained on the Kansas City mayor’s own website.
As the city begins to open up public places on May 15, they want all non-essential businesses (i.e. NOT grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) to take proper precautions in the wake of COVID-19. So they’re asking beauty salons and churches, for example, to do the following (outside of basic social distancing):
Limit the number of people inside to 10% of building occupancy or 10 people, whichever is larger. And if people are there for longer than 10 minutes, the establishments should keep track of their contact information. That way, if officials learn someone tested positive for the virus, it’ll be easier for the city to know who may have been exposed to it. They want to be able to call someone and say, Hey, you were in the same building as someone who had the virus, so you should get tested and self-quarantine.
By the way, the churches don’t even have to hand in the information! The city is just asking them to keep it on hand in case of emergencies.
That’s it. It’s about public safety. The information is otherwise confidential “and will be used only to address public health concerns.”
That’s what LC attorney Mat Staver claims is just like Hitler. He never links to the mayor’s website, either, so that his members can read the policy for themselves. I guess he doesn’t want them to get a whiff of his bullshit.
Either he’s the most ignorant Christian attorney in the country, or he’s purposely trying to scare more ignorant Christians into donating to his group. But he sure as hell isn’t tell them the truth. Why bother? Then he wouldn’t be able to perpetuate the myth of Christian Persecution.
(via Warren Throckmorton)