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Dear friends, family, and random people on the Internet,
On Feb 27, I posted that “…after more than a decade of studying the Bible, I have become an agnostic.”
Since posting that, I have been flooded with hundreds of comments and over a dozen direct messages from Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox, agnostics, and atheists. Early on, I did entertain at least one request for interview with someone, but now that I have received additional requests for essentially the same thing, it becomes impractical for me to treat the rest of the interview requests in the same manner. …
After announcing the “protest against Satan,” Pr. Batchelor responded to a couple of questions about current events and their effects on Seventh-day Adventists. He also clarified his intent with the protest announcement as one of good-natured humor and not as a means of “evading” COVID-19 laws.
Jonathan McCormick: Hi [Pr. Batchelor], I am a journalist who is covering [your] recent Facebook announcement about having a peaceful protest against the Devil in order to get around the local laws restricting religious gatherings. I have a few questions.
Doug Batchelor: Dear Jonathan, I am happy to answer your questions. As mentioned at…
During this time of COVID-related bans on assembly, one pastor in California is encouraging Christians to “exercise [their] First Amendment rights” by “peacefully protesting against the devil, sin, lawlessness, hate, and evil of every kind” in his church’s parking lot.
Pastor Doug Batchelor, an evangelist who is well-known among Seventh-day Adventists, has been questioning the lockdowns imposed on church gatherings for several months. His posts have brought attention to the double-standards of COVID restrictions as they are applied to secular versus religious gatherings, and have been “liked” and shared many thousands of times on Facebook.
On Friday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tweeted a sage warning to Michiganders, saying,
“Just going to leave this here:
“Do not consume or inject disinfectant. That’s a bad idea.”
- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
This Tweet comes as Michiganders are upset with Whitmer’s authoritarian policies regarding the COVID-19 lockdown, and shortly after President Trump made a sarcastic question, according to the Washington Post:
“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.”
-Pres. Donald Trump
Over the last weekend, Frances Floresca, a recent graduate of the University of Utah, wrote an opinion article in The Salt Lake Tribune in defense of both the term “Chinese Virus,” and Utah Congressional Candidate Kim Coleman’s blaming of the Chinese Communist Party for the COVID-19 epidemic. Floresca’s article drew the ire of some, including a few college professors, one of whom wrote her own response article in the same publication just days later. However, Floresca has received much positive feedback from both friends and relatives of hers.
In one of Ayn Rand’s novels, Atlas Shrugged, there is a character named John Galt who “promised to stop the motor of the world.” While the story is fictional, it seems as if an element of that dystopian story is at least somewhat similar to today with COVID-19 spreading around the globe. “Nonessential” business is grinding to a halt.
The world of Atlas Shrugged is one in which the author pictures governments around the world adopting policies centered around wealth redistribution and the burdening of producers. One by one, the people whose minds had created the industrial powers of the…
The school said that it is “taking temporary measures that are provided for within the government stimulus opportunities for the nation as a whole, and for higher education in particular…”
Many other schools across the nation are also grappling with their financial well-being, especially as masses of students convert to online classes due to COVID-19, with the main solution appearing to be reductions in payroll, according to Inside Higher Ed.
After rumors circulated at an anonymous “confessions” page on Instagram, Andrews University has officially clarified to me what it is doing in response to the “government stimulus opportunities” available for…
I woke up one morning not thinking it any different than another day. Then I glanced at my dorm room desk and — surprise! — found an informational paper by the CDC outlining the risks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Someone had evidently snuck into my room and placed it there. The virus has been dominating the news cycle lately. Starting in China and spreading across the globe, COVID-19 has public health officials scrambling to find proper solutions, and students wondering how to respond.
Some of my fellow students at Andrews University have expressed fear and concern regarding the disease…