Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie are pushing back against the Democrat governor in their home state of Kentucky for using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to persecute Christians.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced last Friday that law enforcement would be profiling and punishing Christians who worshiped on Easter Sunday. According to CNN, Beshear said that police “will be recording the license plates of those who show up to any mass gatherings and provide that information to the local health departments, who will in turn order those individuals to be quarantined for 14 days.”
“Folks, we shouldn’t have to do this,” Beshear said. “I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service, it’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American.”
Paul and Massie found this to be unacceptable and pushed back against these blatant infringements on religious liberty.
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“Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here,” Paul told the Gateway Pundit.
Massie also expressed his dismay against Beshear’s order in a Tweet:
What the actual hell?
“Democrat Kentucky Governor Announces Plan to Record License Plates of Easter Church Goers and Force Them to Self-Quarantine for 14 Days”https://t.co/p6bAR8U3M2
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 11, 2020
Paul and Massie received some backup from the federal courts, as a judge nullified certain restrictions against Christians that were being proposed by liberal Kentucky officials.
U.S. District Judge Justin Walker issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer preventing him from collecting the license plate data of Christians in order to profile and harass them for worshiping on Easter Sunday. Fischer was even more eager to bulldoze the rights of Christians than Beshear heading into Easter.
“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion. But two days ago, citing the need for social distancing during the current pandemic, Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer ordered Christians not to attend Sunday services, even if they remained in their cars to worship – and even though it’s Easter,” Judge Walker wrote in his opinion on Saturday.
“The Mayor’s decision is stunning,” he added. “And it is, “beyond all reason,” unconstitutional.”
Paul and Massie, who have been widely criticized for not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, are being vindicated as the rights of the people are eviscerated as a result of the ongoing mass hysteria.