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It Ain't Necessarily So

It Ain't Necessarily So

 

The endless parade of religious assholes never fails to amaze me. We had the preacher who declared that if God wanted him to have Covid, he would. Well this finally confirms the mysterious question, there is God. 

No Masks, No way, no how, A pastor in Idaho who called himself a "no-masker" during a service and repeatedly questioned the veracity of Coronavirus case reporting is in the ICU after contracting Covid-19. Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Coeur d'Alene, has spent two weeks in the hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis, ministry coordinator Eric Reade confirmed to CNN. Five other church staff were infected with coronavirus, too, but they've all recovered, he said. In a comment shared through Candlelight Church, Van Noy said he'll soon move out of the ICU into another room in the hospital and then recover at home. In a July Facebook post, Van Noy falsely claimed that wearing masks doesn't prevent Covid-19 transmission, and he urged his parishioners not to fear the "cause or effect of Covid-19."  

Of course he wasn't the first to defy God. little over a month ago, Pastor Spradlin, who was 66, drove with his wife Jean the 900 miles (1500 km) from their home in Virginia to Louisiana for Mardi Gras. He viewed the festivities as an opportunity, through music, to save the souls of some of the hundreds of thousands of people that would attend. He was joined by two of his daughters who came over from Texas."His mission was to go into pubs, clubs and bars, play the blues and connect with musicians and just tell them that Jesus loved them," says Jesse Spradlin, 28. Pastor Spradlin wasn't worried about coronavirus when he went to New Orleans to preach during Mardi Gras. A month later he was dead. Well as they say, "Go with God." 

Or this disciple when given a choice, chose death. The New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, which he founded in 1995, said Bishop Gerald Glenn had died of Covid. The 66-year-old had publicly rejected official guidelines to avoid large religious gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic and promised to keep preaching "unless I'm in jail or the hospital".He told his congregation: "I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus." It is unclear how long after the 22 March address he became ill with COVID-19, but again, "Go with God."  

And maybe Snake Oil cures Covid. A Butte County pastor who defied public health officials and held an in-person Mother’s Day service that potentially exposed 180 congregants to the coronavirus has spoken out about his decision on social media. In a Facebook post on Friday, pastor Mike Jacobsen of Palermo Bible Family Church said that an asymptomatic congregant who attended the May 11 service woke up the next morning “needing medical attention” and was tested for the coronavirus that day. The congregant received positive test results for COVID-19 two days later. Jacobsen, who with his wife has led the pentecostal church since 2008, said in the post that he would “never with knowledge put anyone in harms [sic] way.” Jacobsen said it’s important for Palermo Bible’s many young, new believers to be supported in their fledgling faith — and part of that is being able to attend church in person. He compared the act of depriving these congregants of in-person worship to taking “an infant out of the arms of its mother. Okay so killing people with Covid, same diff right?

Or how about this hot potato: A North Idaho pastor who opened his large church in early May for in-person services that allowed and even encouraged unmasked congregants to gather has been recovering from COVID-19 at a Coeur d’Alene hospital.Paul Van Noy, the senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, has spent the past two weeks in the Kootenai Health intensive care unit while his wife, Brenda Van Noy, recovered from her own bout with COVID-19 at home. Five other church staff members have been infected, said Eric Reade, body ministry coordinator the church.

 I agree clearly: I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus," Bishop Glenn said in a March 22 sermon. Bishop G.O. Glenn and Mother Marcietia Glenn have since tested positive for COVID-19, New Deliverance Evangelistic Church officials revealed this weekend. Crawley said her father's breathing improved once doctors began treating him with a ventilator. Not bleach or hand sanitizer? What about Prayer? Guess sometimes science works. Or we have this minister of the lord who tended his flock by making a wedding a super spreader event. Well Covid sure beats gift bags! 

 Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended. 

By Meryl Kornfield September 16, 2020 The Washington Post 

 Only about 65 close family members and friends were on the guest list for a bride and groom’s rustic wedding celebration in a small Maine town in early August. But the nuptials began an outbreak now traced to more than 175 reported novel coronavirus infections and also to the deaths of seven people, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The cluster of coronavirus infections that originated from the Big Moose Inn outside Millinocket on Aug. 7 continues to grow in Maine, state health officials said, after guests flouted social distancing and mask guidelines.

 Now people who have no association with the party have died, including six residents of the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said in a news briefing Tuesday. State officials issued an “imminent health hazard” citation last month to the venue, whose operators acknowledged in a statement that they “did make an error in the interpretation” of the rules governing capacity but that employees wear masks and have increased cleaning. 

The Millinocket wedding is not the only rule-defying celebration linked to a growing number of cases, as contact tracers and public health officials across the country continue to track down infections that stem from summer “superspreader” gatherings, including a motorcycle rally in South Dakota and a choir practice in Washington. 

 The exposure among non-attendees can multiply exponentially, especially if attendees live or work in communities where social distancing and mask-wearing are not enforced, said Michael Small, a professor at the University of Western Australia who has studied superspreader events. 

“These superspreaders can be bad without bound,” Small told The Washington Post. Earlier this year, a leadership conference for the biotech company Biogen in Boston made headlines when infections were initially tracked among the attendees who fanned out across several states. Months later, researchers sequenced genetic errors of the virus, linking the outbreak with infections among Boston’s homeless population. 

The outbreak among company executives that led to infections among homeless people is a reminder of how interconnected social networks can be, causing further spread of the virus, Thomas Tsai, an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told The Post. “You can’t just think of these individuals or even clusters alone. They’re sort of clusters of clusters,” Tsai said. Even where communities may not seem as interwoven, such as in a sparsely populated Maine town, the coronavirus can strike. “It’s a real cautionary tale that even in a relatively rural area in Maine that there was still fuel for a fire to erupt,” Tsai said. 

Genetic data show how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation Between 10 and 20 percent of infected people are responsible for 80 percent of the coronavirus’s spread, Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said at a news briefing Thursday. 

Maine health officials have continued to track several outbreaks and are investigating if some clusters are related to each other, Shah said. “The virus favors gatherings,” Shah said. “It does not distinguish between happy events, like a wedding celebration, or a sad farewell, like funerals. It is everywhere.”

 Shah said the spread of the virus beyond those who attended the wedding, killing people unrelated to the gathering, is an indication of “how virulent the disease can be and how far-reaching the effects can be.” Though Shah noted the state’s low hospitalization rates, he said the spread of the virus in the state was disturbingly ubiquitous. He said residents should not assume the virus has not reached their community, as it’s already probably there. “I’m concerned about where we are,” 

Shah said. “Maine CDC is concerned about where we are, and I’m asking everyone else to share in that concern.” The state agency confirmed to The Post that the pastor who officiated the wedding, Todd Bell, preaches at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, which has had 10 cases traced to it. Bell has criticized coronavirus restrictions, local media reported. He could not be reached for comment. 

“What he is basically saying to the state of Maine is rules don’t apply to us,” Bangor resident Kathy Day said of Bell.

 The Millinocket native told The Post she does not believe anyone who attended the wedding intended to cause the havoc wrought since the celebration. But, Day said, the infections were preventable. As someone who studied to be a contact tracer, Day said she wished a map could exist to represent the spread of the virus from that one event in her state.

  “I think it would be an extremely interesting image for people to be able to understand that when you spread it to one person, unless that person isolates, it has the potential to do something exactly like what happened in this outbreak,” Day said. “It just keeps going and going.”



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