The New York Times ran an article today under the headline: “Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.”
If you had just read the headline, that sounds like a pretty severe indictment. The article goes on to say that more than 650 cases of Coronavirus have been linked to churches. Not 650 a day. There were 60,000 cases today. Not 650 this week, or since Memorial Day. But 650 cases since the beginning of Coronavirus.
More than 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus.
It’s misleading to say that around .02 percent of cases being linked to churches means that churches are a “major source.”
The anti-intellectual contortions the mainstream media has done over the past few weeks is truly incredible. CNN, NBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and numerous other news sources have all argued that attending protest rallied did not lead to increased numbers of cases. But if you want to go to church, or a beach, that’s a major contributor. States like New York that had tremendous loss of life did a wonderful job of handling the virus. States like Florida and Texas who are seeing large increases in cases are reckless and their governors are to blame.
It’s all political.
The Times article says: “Weeks after President Trump demanded that America’s shuttered houses of worship be allowed to reopen, new outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the country where services have resumed.”
And that’s really the heart of the piece. President Trump had pushed for governors to lift restrictions on churches and now a few cases can be linked to churches, so the Times can go after Trump and also publish propaganda about churches being a “major source” of the spread of the virus.
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