Sunday, April 12, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 28: Easter Sunday - Don't Kill Someone Else to Prove Your Faith

Dear Diary,

Faith is a good thing. 

We all need to believe in something. 

It doesn't matter if we're Christians or Muslims, faith is central in all world religions.

But faith without common sense, or accepting scientific facts, can be misplaced. 

When a religious group ignores the global pandemic and continues to meet in-person for services, the consequences can be deadly.

Look what happened in South Korea; when a religious church sect - Shincheonji Church of Jesus - continued to ignore the government's social distancing rules. The results were catastrophic. Most of the nation's cases have been traced to 8,000 of those stubborn believers.

So what's the answer to stopping church-goers from infecting their community today when they have regular services together?

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has come with an answer on how to deal with the stubborn parishioners. Authorities are recording license plates in church parking lots with mass attendance today. 

Tomorrow Quarantine officials will be contacting violators who will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home. I applaud the effort because it's a compromise (depending on how you look at it), but mainly because it will save lives that may have been lost due to their faith.

I don't even want to go there about how many people have been killed in the name of some faith. Out of respect for the day, I'll leave that argument for another time.

On the Homefront - Medford Oregon
**COVID-19 Statistics - The death toll in the state is now 48 with nearly 1,400 known cases of the coronavirus.

**Pandemic poems - Oregon's poet laureate, Ken Stafford (pictured), has been writing about the pandemic since it started.

**Pet therapy - Shirley and I feel blessed to have a handful of pets/companions to make the days more pleasant. They entertain us and love on us relentlessly.

Pictured - I'm loving on my fur babies - Mollie and Butters - on a typical day.

Dogs are a real blessing. They love you without reservation, and are always happy to see you.

Feeling sad? Or, depressed? Love on a dog and let them love on you. Their spirit revives yours. Their very presence is therapeutic.
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"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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