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Religion will send us into another Great Depression

Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida, duh) says religious people have the right to worship together:

Of course they do! And I have the right to run around maskless at a crowded pool party. No one can stop me. I’m just that wild.

We all have rights to do whatever we want as far as socializing goes. The governor of Pennsylvania hasn’t implanted chips in us yet so he can’t tell who we’re hanging out and sharing cooties with.

That’s why I wear a mask when I go anywhere outside my own back yard or a beach where there are acres of sand between me and the next person. Since I don’t know who has been inside a church showing each other the sign of peace, I have to practice safe social distancing. It’s like having to always wear a latex free condom, life size, all day long, without any payoff.

I might have to ask to work from home longer. I will need to stay off of public transportation when I do go back to work and spend more money to pay for gas and park my car everyday. I won’t be going to my favorite Thai restaurant for a nice pad prik king. I won’t be shopping for new work clothes because I’ll be able to do online work in my shorts.

There will be a lot of things I won’t be doing because Rick Scott’s constituents can‘t seem to get in touch with their own personal lord and savior unless they’re in church. So much for omniscience and omnipotence.

I could think of a lot of other ways church could happen that doesn’t involve breathing on each other in an air conditioned building where the virus particles will be floating around on every exhaled hymn note. Like, video church or subscription channel church or outside worship services where all the chairs are GTE 6ft apart or church in your car in a parking lot.

But no. Rick Scott’s constituents are special. The first amendment guarantees the right to worship but it’s only mandatory for certain states in the south. Yes, for some reason, the southern state god would prefer that the rest of the country stay in the state of uncertainty about who may or may not have thrown a germy $20 in the collection plate.

For some reason, Scott’s constituents practice a religion where the golden rule goes “do unto others as you fucking well want, don’t worry about people you don’t know because it’s not a big deal anyway”. Oh, that’s not what their golden rule is? My mistake, I’m just going by what I see. I’m not into faith.

So, the religious will just keep this virus going on and on and on. While developed nations in the rest of the world will get their epidemic under control and will aggressively attack outbreaks with testing and contact tracing, the US will need to be ready for another lockdown at a moment’s notice and our lives will be in constant danger.

That will lead to more income and food insecurity, instability and crime, sickness and death.

Which leads me to wonder: what are these mandatory worshipping sinners of an angry god praying for exactly?

The beach is safe. I repeat, the BEACH is SAFE.

Blame Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis for the bad reputation that beaches have gotten since the pandemic started. It was those images of drunk, libidinous students on Fort Lauderdale’s beaches that freaked us out. DeSantis was allowing Covid-19 free reign in south Florida’s bars and beaches and then exporting the virus back to the country by air. Hear ya’ go, blue states, suck on this!

Horrifying.

DeSantis still isn’t being honest about Florida’s numbers. In fact, Trump Republicanism has an almost unfettered experimental environment in Florida.

Stingy hard to get unemployment bennies? Check.

Lockdown procedures delayed, delayed, delayed? Check.

Extraction of tourism dollars turned on full force exacerbating the spread of the virus? Check.

Allowing the religious community to gather in close proximity without appropriate cautions and/or fines to restrict services to video or outside? Check.

Hiding the real number of cases and deaths to keep that money coming in? Check. Check. Check.

You could not pay me enough to go to Florida right now.

But I just spent a week at the beach (we’ll get to the unfortunate weather in another post. I think I am done with the Outer Banks after 3/3 weather disasters.)

For the total of 1 1/2 days of sunshine that made beach going possible, the place was paradise. There were acres of sand between groups of people. It probably helps that the beach I was on didn’t have a boardwalk or dozens of bars and restaurants. This beach was bordered by rentals. The nice kind. I saw absolutely no reason to fear the beach. My chances of catching anything was infinitesimally small compared to using one rest stop bathroom in Virginia on the way back. (Jeez, guys, get your act together. And get those damn air dryers off the walls. They spread germs everywhere.)

I gotta hand it to North Carolina, everywhere I went was immaculate from the grocery stores to the beach to the post office. Granted, I didn’t go out very much. And isn’t that the point?? If you’re going to the beach, you’re going for the sunshine, sand and water. The beach is not responsible for you hanging out on a crowded boardwalk or breathing all over one another at a bar. Sure, those things are fun. But they’ve got nothing to do with the beach, the ocean and sunblock.

If states are concerned with overcrowding, then limit the number of people who can get on the sand. But even this is ridiculous. We don’t tell people to stop going to the grocery store where even with a mask and metering, there are far too many people in close proximity to each other touching things and stupid white women spitting on the fruit.

On a beach, you can easily sit 6 feet apart and germs diffuse into the air and away from your body much more easily. It’s like a particle in a box situation. The particles bounce around in a grocery store. They take off for infinity on a beach.

As long as you’re not libidinous, drunk students rubbing each other while dancing at a beach party, the beach is a great place to go during a pandemic.