Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just finished being quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, yet he is whining about Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s strict pandemic measures that have worked to reduce the number of infections and deaths in the state.
Beshear’s response to the pandemic has been highly praised. Despite its success, churches are demanding to move forward with Easter services that would facilitate the spread of the virus and kill more people. So, Beshear is warning church-goers that their license plates will be recorded and they will face consequences if they violate social distancing and stay-at-home policies.
It’s certainly the right thing to do. After all, the state has a responsibility to protect public health, even if it means church services cannot be held as usual. Churches can still hold a service online. Our country can only get past this crisis sooner if everyone follows directions. But it appears churches are about to defy the recommendations of health professionals and the law to pack the pews, risking their lives and the lives of others in the process.
Rand Paul even complained about Beshear’s warning on Twitter.
Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.
Kentucky Governor Announces Plan to Record License Plates of Easter Church Goers and Force Them to Quarantine for 14 Days https://t.co/z7U42liQRh
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2020
Beshear is doing the right thing. Church leaders are the ones who need to take a step back. In fact, they need to stay home and tell their congregation to do the same. Everyone can worship from home just as they can at church. When this crisis ends, church can resume.
Twitter users slammed Paul for attacking the restrictions and reminded him that he went swimming in the Capitol pool shortly before testing positive for the virus himself. He also quarantined, which means he didn’t even go to church.
If we can social distance at the store, we can social distance at church.
— Michael Butler ?? (@MDButler81) April 11, 2020
It is almost like you don’t know that almost 20,000 have already died. ? pic.twitter.com/GZiZz7AGWv
— ✿♥ ƗŞŁΔŇĐ ? ǤƗŘŁ ♥✿ (@IslandGirlPRV) April 11, 2020
They are not being quarantined for being Christian.
They are being quarantined for being stupid and gathering in crowds during a fucking pandemic.
— lisastark35 (@lisastark351) April 11, 2020
Swim in the senate pool while waiting for your test results because personal responsibility, Amiright?
— Molly Jong-Fast? (@MollyJongFast) April 11, 2020
They need to comply; the rest of us have to.
— thesingleplayerguy (@singleplayerguy) April 11, 2020
These church goers are depriving others of LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . .
— Mike Gilchrist (@mgcanmore) April 11, 2020
Yeah, I’m going to take advice from a guy who tested positive and went swimming and into crowds for a week
— carl lance ferret jr (@butterdaboi) April 11, 2020
A choir went ahead with a rehearsal March 10. They stood 6′ apart & didn’t do their usual hugs or handshakes but they SANG. SINGING puts droplets in the air that hang around for hours. 45 of 60 singers got #COV19. 2 died. What do they do in church? Sing. https://t.co/IaRBIk2Ol3
— Nancy ? (@BowmanNancy) April 11, 2020
This, from the man who cavorted with GOP Senators and swam in the Senate pool *after* deciding there was enough risk that he might be infected to get himself tested.
He’s the one who needs to take a step back. https://t.co/TKJpiGtfx8
— Monty ??Flatten The Curve?? Boa (@MontyBoa99) April 11, 2020
Take a step back into the deep end of the pool.
— CarrieT (@UclaBruin1998) April 11, 2020
You literally spent a week wandering around the Senate building while waiting for your POSITIVE test result, endangering countless fellow legislators, staff and members of the public.
You’re definitely not one to lecture anybody else on responsibility.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) April 11, 2020
What part of “STAY THE F—K AT HOME” do you not understand?https://t.co/WtOmrjVi5U
— Adam Rifkin ? (@ifindkarma) April 11, 2020
If Rand Paul feels so strongly about this, he should attend a packed church on Sunday. Chances are that he could get re-infected, and then maybe he will learn his lesson.
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