A federal judge has invalidated the order of the Louisville, Ky., Mayor to profile churchgoers on Easter Sunday to potentially punish them for celebrating the Resurrection of Christ.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) April 11, 2020
U.S. District Judge Justin Walker, who was appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump, rebuked Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in his decision that he issued on Saturday. He issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Fischer that prevented him from intimidating and harassing Christians on their holiest of days.
“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion. But two days ago, citing the need for social distancing during the current pandemic, Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer ordered Christians not to attend Sunday services, even if they remained in their cars to worship – and even though it’s Easter,” Judge Walker wrote in his opinion on Saturday.
“The Mayor’s decision is stunning,” he added. “And it is, “beyond all reason,” unconstitutional.”
The request for the TRO came from On Fire Christian Church, who sued Fischer and the Louisville city government alleging massive constitutional violations pertaining to religious liberty. Judge Walker agreed wholeheartedly with their argument.
Because of Judge Walker’s decision, the Louisville city government is now officially banned from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire.” Many Kentucky residents and individuals in other states plan to attend drive-in church services in order to protect themselves during worship services on Easter Sunday.
On Friday, Fischer announced that churchgoers would be profiled and potentially be subject to sanctions if they attended worship services on Easter Sunday. He was instructing law enforcement to take down the license plate numbers of people congregating at church so they could be identified and possibly punished by the state for professing their faith.
“If we allowed this in Louisville, we’d have hundreds of thousands of people driving around the city Sunday, and boy, the virus would just love that,” Fischer said to justify his decision to steamroll over the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
“If they’re out, they clearly don’t understand the danger of congregating and being out,” he added.
Unfortunately for Fischer, a rule-of-law judge prevented him from implementing tyranny over his town. President Donald Trump’s remaking of the courts is paying dividends and protecting the rights of the people during the coronavirus pandemic.
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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