Memorial Day is meant to honor those who have died while serving in the military, and the right-wing Christian group Illinois Family Institute posted this image to mark the holiday:
Referencing John 15:13, the image says “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Okay. Fine. It’s a Christian group, so there’s nothing too unusual about that message. I get the sentiment. (The URL for the image includes a “satire” tag, but that’s simply the shorthand they use when posting images and memes.)
But it should be pointed out that IFI has spent the past month lashing out at Gov. J.B. Pritzker over Illinois’ COVID lockdown, calling it a “power grab.” They’ve also republished an article lashing out at “anti-God forces” trying to prevent churches from opening.
In short, they want to honor those who sacrifice their lives for friends… while condemning those working to protect the lives of strangers. There’s “no greater love” than making the ultimate sacrifice, but if Democrats say we must stay indoors (or limit where we gather to only essential locations) in order to protect the lives of those who may be susceptible to the virus, then to hell with them all.
The posturing from the right is so damn hypocritical right now that approximately 100,000 people have died because of Republican ineptitude at the highest echelons of government and they’re still mad at liberals for trying to keep that number down using science and common sense.