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This April 12, 2020, file photo shows choir member Gregory Bloch, standing a distance from his three colleagues, rehearsing before a livestreamed Easter service at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Churches, quit waiting for government permission

- The Washington Times

Why are churches waiting for government permission? Show some gumption. If the concern is the coronavirus -- well, perhaps that's a failure of faith. For that, read Numbers, about Moses and the snake. But if the concern is the government, to include police -- well, perhaps that's a failure to put God first. That's a failure of fear.

Marc Perrone, international president of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, talks with Kevin Smartt, CEO of Kwik Chek Convenience Stores, before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Examining Liability During the COVID-19 Pandemic" on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)

Tea Party Patriots' 20% pay cut for Congress a grand old COVID-19 scheme

- The Washington Times

If American workers have to be out of work, furloughed, stuck at home, all due to the coronavirus crisis -- then so, too, should members of Congress: That's the line of logic being pushed by the Tea Party Patriots. And it's good logic, too. Public servants shouldn't be allowed special rights, above and beyond those of their employers.

In this April 7, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Rand Paul delivers a magnificent reality smack to Anthony Fauci

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul delivered a much-needed, long overdue reality check to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's COVID-19 whisperer, reminding the NIAID director that hey now, hey guy, you're just a guy, and your expertise on viruses shouldn't be taken as expertise on politics, government, economics, policy or the running of a nation.

In this April 24, 2020, file photo, protesters gather for a rally against Gov. Tony Evers' extended stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, file)

Wisconsin high court gets it right: Stay-at-home orders 'unlawful'

- The Washington Times

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state's stay-at-home orders, saying the heath secretary's use of the coronavirus to confine free citizens to their residences was "unlawful, invalid and unenforceable." Finally. A moment of sanity among the barrage of insane unconstitutional acts that have swept this nation.

Dr. Anthony Fauci needs to get off the national stage

- The Washington Times

Enough of Dr. Anthony Fauci. In widely reported remarks, Fauci, in an email to The New York Times that he was going to tell senators, in his upcoming hearing on the coronavirus that, basically: If America doesn't listen to me, people will die. Fauci, the prophet scientist?

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., points to guests in the balcony as he takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, before President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

H.R. 6666 a devil of a COVID-19 government surveillance plot

- The Washington Times

A House resolution from Illinois Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush that would put Big Government in charge of tracking citizens' movements as they relate to COVID-19 mitigation efforts -- even sending health bureaucrats to "individuals' residences," "as necessary," as the legislation states -- has a most apt number: 6666.

Adams Sq. Baptist Church Pastor Kris Casey waves an American flag after opening his church doors for Sunday service on May 3, 2020 in Worcester, Mass. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP)

Pastor fights 'tyranny' of COVID-19 church crackdowns

- The Washington Times

A pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been fined $300, has been issued a criminal complaint by city officials and has been put on notice that he may very well serve time behind bars -- all for the "crime" of defying the governor's 10-person limit order and holding normal Sunday worship services. You go, pastor.

Illinois governor a mind-boggling blot to religious freedom

- The Washington Times

The governor of Illinois -- the Democratic governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker -- made an astonishing announcement just recently that went like this: Due to Covid-19, churches may have to remain closed for a year. A year. Dear Churches of America: This is why you don't cave to government -- ever. Give an inch, government takes a mile.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco provides update on the Perris triple homicide investigation during a news conference at the Riverside County Sheriff's Perris station on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Three adult males bodies were found yesterday at the Perris Valley Cemetery. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

Southern California sheriff takes heroic stand for citizen freedom

- The Washington Times

A sheriff in Southern California, Chad Bianco of Riverside County, told local supervisors earlier this week that he wouldn't enforce stay-at-home orders because, get this, he thinks citizens can think for themselves. Move over, doctors. Step aside, nurses. Bianco is much more a real hero -- not just someone doing his job

May Day protesters gather outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Friday, May 1, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York COVID-19 numbers make clear it's time to reopen America

- The Washington Times

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in recent televised press conference that the majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state came from the stay-at-home set, not the out-and-about set -- meaning, once again, the government's projections, predictions, forecasts and conclusions on the coronavirus were, gasp, wrong.

In this Thursday, April 23, 2020, photo, Ruth Caballero, a nurse with The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, right, and Catherine Peralta, her Spanish-language translator, leave a patient's home as Caballero makes her rounds in upper Manhattan in New York. Home care nurses, aides and attendants, who normally help an estimated 12 million Americans with everything from bathing to IV medications, are now taking on the difficult and potentially dangerous task of caring for coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

COVID-19 bringing devastating groupthink consequences

- The Washington Times

The most damaging and lasting effects of COVID-19 on America won't be so much ones of physical or medical as they will be mental. Where Americans once thought for themselves, the government has taken control. Where Americans once decided on their own, bureaucrats have seized the reins.

Supporters and media watch as gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman speaks during a news conference outside of the United States District Courthouse in Union Station in Tacoma, Wash., on Friday, May 1, 2020. Eyman and others sued Gov. Jay Inslee Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, alleging his orders during the pandemic to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have violated their constitutional rights. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP)

Executive orders are not laws

- The Washington Times

COVID-19 has shined some important light on the tendency of government to do as Founding Fathers warned -- stretch and reach and overreach, and tread into places it doesn't belong. And as the executive orders come fast and furious from governors' mansions around the nation, it's high time for a reminder: Orders are not laws.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporter's question during a news conference to provide an update to the latest efforts by the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: A blowhard cracking a COVID-19 whip

- The Washington Times

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened citizens and city-goers with arrest, imprisonment and fines if they dared step foot into the streets, in violation of her COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Wow. Talk about cracking the government whip. Can you say Constitution, anyone? How about 'Bite me, you blowhard, Lori" -- can you say that?

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Churches, it's time to open, and open wide

- The Washington Times

The Department of Justice just issued a statement suggesting Virginia acted above and beyond its rightful call of COVID-19 government duty by closing churches to more than 10 people while allowing some private businesses to host untold numbers of shoppers. Quite right.

In this Monday, April 27, 2020, photo provided by Vince Warburton, passengers get off an American Airlines flight airplane after they landed at Los Angeles International Airport. JetBlue requires passengers to wear face makes during flights, and Frontier Airlines says it will too, but face coverings are strictly optional on most airlines. American Airlines said it will start providing masks for passengers who want them. (Vince Warburton via AP)

Forced face masking is a civil rights offense

- The Washington Times

Major U.S. airlines have announced that as a condition of riding their friendly skies, passengers must all put on a face mask. Let the muzzling of America commence. Let the -- hopefully! -- lawsuits against the mask nazis begin, as well.

In this Tuesday, April 14, 2020, file photo  California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Californians should do a 'Stormin' Norman' over closed beaches

- The Washington Times

California's Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, is poised to order all beaches in the state closed because citizens dared to defy his social distancing order by flocking to the seashore, COVID-19 be danged. And this should be the collective Californian response: Storm the beaches anyway.