Andy Beshear, the Democratic governor of Kentucky, just announced that anyone in his state who is caught attending a “mass gathering” over Easter will have their license plate number recorded by state police and will be forced into a two-week self-quarantine.
Beshear signed an executive order stating that those who attend ant in-person church services or any other large gathering over the holiday will have their license plate numbers recorded by police and turned over to local health officials, who “will then come to the participant’s door and provide them with a 14-day quarantine order,” according to WXIX-TV.
“Folks, we shouldn’t have to do this,” the governor said of the order after revealing that 90 Kentuckians have already died from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service, it’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American,” he added. “This is the only way we can ensure your decision doesn’t kill someone else, that your decision doesn’t spread the coronavirus in your community, that your decision to go to a mass gathering doesn’t undermine the sacrifice of every other house of worship that is choosing the right thing.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R), who survived coronavirus and is also from Kentucky, immediately fired back at Beshear by telling The Gateway Pundit, “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”
Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.
Kentucky Governor Announces Plan to Record License Plates of Easter Church Goers and Force Them to Quarantine for 14 Days https://t.co/z7U42liQRh
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2020
On Saturday, a Kentucky federal judge appointed by Donald Trump issued a temporary restraining order on the ban against drive-in church services on Easter Sunday. Judge Justin Walker ruled in favor of the On Fire Christian Center, which had sought to hold drive-in church services, according to the Washington Times.
“Louisville has targeted religious worship by prohibiting drive-in church services, while not prohibiting a multitude of other non-religious drive-ins and drive-throughs — including, for example, drive-through liquor stores,” Walker wrote in his decision.
What Beshear has done in Kentucky is absolutely ridiculous, so we’re glad Republicans are rebelling against him.