Chuck Schumer may invoke emergency powers to hasten Trump’s impeachment trial: report

https://www.rawstory.com/donald-trump-impeachment-2649878555/

Democrats are strategizing how to impeach Donald Trump without derailing President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on impeachment on Wednesday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not expected to bring the Senate back from vacation to hold a trial.

“Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring using an obscure, post-Sept. 11-era authority to reconvene the Senate as the House barrels toward a likely impeachment vote of President Trump this week,” The Washington Post reported Monday, citing “a senior Democratic aide.”

“In 2004, the Senate majority and minority leaders were given the power to bring the Senate back into session in times of emergency, and the senior Democratic aide said Schumer is exploring this option to allow for a potential impeachment trial for Trump to begin immediately after the House transmits the articles to the Senate. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss evolving party strategy,” the newspaper reported. “Schumer’s exploration of this option is one way the incoming majority leader is rebutting an argument laid out by his counterpart, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who told GOP senators in a memo last week that it was virtually impossible to begin an impeachment trial before Jan. 19, which is when the Senate reconvenes. Both McConnell and Schumer would have to agree to reconvene the Senate, putting pressure back on the outgoing majority leader to confront Trump as the House heads toward an impeachment vote this week for the president’s role in inciting the violent siege on the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

COVID Outbreak in Boston Linked to In-Person Christmas Eve Church Services

At this point, if you’re ignorant enough to attend an indoor church service, you can’t pretend to be shocked when there’s a COVID outbreak.

And yet that’s what’s happening with people who visited GENESIS Community Church near Boston just before Christmas. While the church said it took all precautions — requiring masks, limiting attendance, taking everyone’s information for future contact tracing — they still went through with the biggest risk of all: holding an unnecessary service.

Now dozens of people are paying a price for it:

 

 

More than 40 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in cases that are believed to be connected to those gatherings.

The house of worship in Woburn, Mass., hosted a total of four Christmas celebrations on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24

Each of those services had about 105 people there.

By the way, that New York Times report is from over the weekend. The number of church members who have tested positive for COVID is now up to 57.

The church says it’ll postpone in-person services through the month of January. That’s good. But where was that thinking last month? If this place had more responsible leaders, they would’ve instituted that rule a long time ago. The sad thing is that this church isn’t trying to be defiant. They played by the rules and attempted to minimize risk. But gathering in large groups remains the biggest risk of all, and no one had the good sense to say that Christmas services should also occur online. And while they had a mask requirement, there was an exception for anyone on stage, including the singers.

These irresponsible Christians have already infected each other. How many people in their families and communities will suffer from second-hand ignorance?

TN Church Holds Three-Day COVID Super-Spreader Conference in the Name of Jesus

In Tennessee, where Republican Governor Bill Lee has limited indoor gatherings to 10 people, but exempted religious services from that requirement, a church in the city of Cleveland just hosted a massive, maskless Christian conference.

The Ramp, a church at Omega Center International and home of Perry Stone Ministries, held a New Year’s blowout where people gathered to celebrate their blissful ignorance of a virus that has taken over 340,000 American lives (and counting).

Just look at these pictures and think about how selfish every single Christian here must be for them to care so little about the lives of their family members and community. They’re willing to put everyone’s fate in jeopardy because they refuse to acknowledge reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A local news channel covered the Christian super-spreader event, but the fact is there’s nothing illegal happening here because Tennessee’s Republican leaders don’t want to upset their base.

Stupid? Yes.

Irresponsible? Definitely.

Deadly? We’ll find out very soon.

WRCB, the local NBC affiliate, quoted George Douglas, whose video from the event is seen above, as saying he wasn’t worried about the virus at all:

Douglas believes people who get COVID-19 or any other sickness should lean on the church for healing.

“The word lets me know that those that are sick to come to the church and let the elders lay hands on them and pray for them and the sick will be healed,” Douglas continued.

Douglas doesn’t seem to realize that devout Christians have died in the pandemic. The virus doesn’t go away because of magic words or shoulder touches. You have to be utterly insane — or brainwashed — to think any of that would work especially when it absolutely has not made a difference so far.

But this is what happens when Republicans act like churches shouldn’t be subject to the same rules when it comes to a disease that doesn’t care what religion anybody is. Churches are not “essential” places that ought to be exempt from COVID restrictions.

The simple truth is that there’s a very good chance people in Tennessee will get sick and die because these Christians didn’t give a shit about their lives. They wanted to party in the name of Jesus, and they believe God won’t listen if they gather over Zoom. Their God must be very weak.

This is a death cult. And not enough Christians — certainly not enough Christian leaders with large platforms — have the good sense to condemn this act of voluntary harm.

How many more people need to die before religious people like these realize they’re contributing to the problem?

Think of the christian nationalist post I just made, and combine these two posts. These religious types are a threat to our democracy and our health. The truth is this is about money, greed. Donations go up at these events, down when the service is virtual. Let the grift continue until the marks are all dead. Hugs

Researchers Say Christian Nationalism is Making It Harder to End the Pandemic

We know the pandemic won’t end unless enough Americans are vaccinated, and one of the biggest barriers to people getting the shots they need may be Christian Nationalism, the ideology that involves (among other things) rejecting science and pledging allegiance to right-wing political leaders.

According to new research published in the journal Socius by sociology professors Andrew L. Whitehead and Samuel L. Perry, who also wrote the book Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States, Christian Nationalists “are much more likely to question the safety of vaccines and to be misinformed about them.”

They’re standing in the way of our ability to overcome this virus.

 

Here’s what Whitehead and Perry did: They analyzed a Survey of American Fears conducted by researchers at Chapman University in 2019. Specifically, they looked at the number of respondents who agreed with anti-vaxxer statements (that vaccines cause autism, that parents should get to decide whether or not to vaccinate their kids, that kids get too many shots, that vaccines aren’t effective, etc). They also looked at how people responded to statements about Christian Nationalism (that we should be a Christian nation, that the government should allow (forced) prayer in public schools, etc). Then they combined each of those results into a single score so the two could be compared.

The result?

Americans who agreed with the various measures of Christian nationalism were much more likely to espouse anti-vaccine attitudes, even after controlling for other influences, such as political party, political ideology, religiosity, race or even education.

 

In a piece for NBC News, Whitehead explains that while this survey wasn’t about COVID specifically, the results would likely be the same. That needs to be accounted for when trying to figure out how to roll out the vaccine.

This is a significant concern. Christian nationalist ideology will almost certainly serve as a barrier for a sizable minority of Americans who need the vaccine. Policymakers and health care professionals will need to attend to this hurdle as they plan and then execute any broad-scale vaccination strategy.

And you thought conservative Christian denial of evolution was bad.

The anti-science propaganda espoused by right-wing Christians is literally killing people — and may continue to kill people the longer the ignorant masses hold out getting their shots while encouraging others to do the same. Keep in mind that conservative Christians have also shown little regard for COVID restrictions, demanding that churches remain open or holding large maskless in-person events despite the dangers such gatherings pose to society.

Our nation’s ability to save ourselves will require convincing the public to trust science over religion — or at least trust scientists over Christian death cult leaders.

Republicans have diverged from humanity. All their worries and fears are projections. Some memes from https://liberalsarecool.com/

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The US is the only country where people are afraid of their medical bills becuase no other leading country has for-profit healthcare.

nodynasty4us:“In fact the whole Republican Party, since long before Trump, has committed itself to the antidemocratic project of trying to create a narrower electorate rather than win a wider vote. They have invested in voter suppression as a key tactic to win, and the votes they try to suppress are those of Black voters and other voters of color. That is a brutally corrupt refusal to allow those citizens the rights guaranteed to them by law. Having failed to prevent enough Black people from voting in the recent election, they are striving mightily to discard their votes after the fact. What do you do with people who think they matter more than other people? Catering to them reinforces that belief, that they are central to the nation’s life, they are more important, and their views must prevail. Deference to intolerance feeds intolerance.”

— On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway (via azspot)

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