Fairly recently, a journalist published a frightening exposition on the degree of federal surveillance and overreach, which was targeted specifically at Christians during the pandemic.
In the aptly titled, “When a Renegade Church and a Zealous County Health Department Collide,” David Zweig published a lengthy commentary on just how invasive the government decided to be against a church entity.
“Extensive legal documents, totaling more than a thousand pages, reveal a county, and its health department, that went to extraordinary, and potentially unlawful, lengths to enforce its decrees …
These efforts include levying more than $2 million in fines against Calvary, and a multi-faceted surveillance program of the church and its members, breathtaking in scope and reminiscent of totalitarian regimes, rather than an American county health department – the spy operation included stakeouts, forced in-person monitoring of prayer groups and other intimate activities, and tracking the cellular mobility data of churchgoers,” Zweig reported.
What a frightening report … a full blown “spy operation” on Christians who dared to attend church in California, the same state that holds that “strip clubs” and “liquor stores” are “essential businesses.”
The same state that also allows intravenous narcotics abuse in full view on the streets while barely making an effort to capture violent thugs.
Apparently, California considers Americans attending church a massive threat to the state for some deranged reason, fining churches millions for daring to offer a source of hope, faith, and solace.
Given that criminals routinely enjoy $0 bail, even criminals deemed a threat to society, it is clear that California’s values have been completely thwarted, especially when adopting Soviet-style tactics for stalking church attenders.
However, at least one church is striking back, in light of Zweig’s article.
According to a recent report from Fox News, the San Jose-based branch of Calvary Chapel, along with Pastor Mike McClure, have accused Santa Clara County and the Colorado-based data company SafeGraph of “an invasive and warrantless geofencing operation to track residents” attending church services during the pandemic.
An egregious violation of both the First and Fourth amendments.
“This operation took place over a year with seemingly no oversight, boundaries, or limitations – meaning the Defendants could track churchgoers in the sanctuary, prayer room, or bathroom,” the lawsuit stated.
If only Dems were as committed to tracking illegal criminals as much as they are committed to tracking taxpaying, non-violent churchgoers.
Furthermore, the amount of expensive surveillance Dems are willing to use is downright terrifying.
“This type of expansive geofencing operation is not only an invasion of privacy, but represents a terrifying precedent if allowed to go unaddressed: as it stands, the Defendants are effectively arguing that, as long as they call it research, any level of government can target and spy on any individual or group at any time for any duration, and, if they so choose, they can wield the collected data against said individuals or groups who oppose their orders. This is not just un-American; it is downright Orwellian,” the lawsuit continued.
It is absolutely Orwellian, as well as straight out of the page of Beijing’s handbook.
Which is convenient, given that Beijing is at least partly responsible for the awful pandemic in the first place.
The lawsuit also notes that County Counsel James Williams, along with County “Health” Officer Doctor Sara Cody approved the “surveillance operation” that shamelessly targeted the church, which included the provision of “specific instructions to monitor the visit patterns of Calvary in comparison to other businesses and organizations within the County.”
So, in other words, let illegal make hundreds of thousands of dollars trafficking fentanyl that continues to kill Americans while simultaneously conducting mass surveillance on church-goers.
Unless, of course, the Dems remain totally committed to “depopulation,” as clueless Kamala actually said out loud, during one of her many gaffes.
In that case, it’s little wonder they let violent drug dealers run free while harassing the individuals whose faith is one of the few sources of hope in present-day America.
Author: Jane Jones