What’s the Matter With Kansas?

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Governor Laura Kelly

Here is The Wichita Eagle:

Easter looming, Kansas Republican leaders on Wednesday revoked Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting religious gatherings to 10 people as the state’s coronavirus death toll jumped 40 percent.

House and Senate leaders — meeting as a body called the Legislative Coordinating Council — voted along party lines to throw out the directive. Their decision came as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to more than 1,000 and the death count ticked up to 38.

Church gatherings have produced three case clusters across the state and health officials fear Easter gatherings could further spread the deadly coronavirus. Pastors and priests now confront a stark choice: forgo in-person services on Christianity’s holiest day or open church buildings and potentially risk exposing parishioners.

Kelly denounced the legislators’ decision at a late afternoon press conference, calling it “shockingly irresponsible” and one likely to cost lives.e legislators’ decision at a late afternoon press conference, calling it “shockingly irresponsible” and one likely to cost lives.

She said she instructed her legal counsel to explore a court challenge. According to the governor, it was unclear whether an overall statewide ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people remained in effect.

“There are real life consequences to the partisan games Republicans played today,” Kelly said.

Her order had sparked strong backlash among Republicans and religious liberty advocates, who condemned it as a violation of foundational freedoms and an overreach by the governor. One GOP congressional candidate, Adrienne Vallejo Foster, went as far as calling on sheriffs to ignore the order and urging churches to meet while practicing social distancing.

She said she instructed her legal counsel to explore a court challenge. According to the governor, it was unclear whether an overall statewide ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people remained in effect.

“There are real life consequences to the partisan games Republicans played today,” Kelly said.

Her order had sparked strong backlash among Republicans and religious liberty advocates, who condemned it as a violation of foundational freedoms and an overreach by the governor. One GOP congressional candidate, Adrienne Vallejo Foster, went as far as calling on sheriffs to ignore the order and urging churches to meet while practicing social distancing.

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Governor Laura Kelly was on CNN last night. She said the faith-leaders in Kansas are very supportive of the limits she placed on religious gatherings. It is the GOP politicians, she said, that have a problem with her order.

I wouldn’t be surprised if these same legislators also invoke Romans 13 when they defend Donald Trump’s anti-Christian policies.

Don’t conservative Christian philosophers, political theorists, theologians, and legal scholars believe that civil rights are rooted in a Judeo-Christian understanding of human dignity? If this is true, then what do you do when the protection of these rights place the lives of other in jeopardy?