A Baltimore pastor has taken it to the next level by tearing up a cease-and-desist letter during a May 20, 2020 sermon at night.
Stacey Shiflett was previously threatened with a $5,000 fine for holding the in-person services during the Wuhan virus pandemic.
Video that surfaced online shows Shiflett, the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, ripping apart the warning while declaring, “We’re going to do it God’s way.”
“With this cease-and-desist letter in my hand, the Bible says to the New Testament church ‘not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is, but so much more as you see the day approaching,’ and the closer we get to Jesus coming back, the more church we ought to be having, not less church,” Shiflett stated during his sermon.
“Now that’s God’s parameters,” he added. “So I’m tearing up this cease-and-desist order right here, and I’m telling you right now, we’re gonna do it God’s way! God tells us how to worship Him, nobody else gets to do that.”
According to a report from Fox News, Shiflett’s church has been running in compliance with state orders but has not followed local ordinances.
Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan issued orders on May 15 that declared houses of worship can only run at 50 percent capacity. Calvary Baptist’s 100 attendants on May 2020 followed the guidelines due to the fact that the church has a capacity of 600.
However, the church is violating Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services’s order requiring houses of worship to remain closed and limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people.
“Either we have liberty to worship or we have permission to worship,” Shiflett said on Fox News when talking about his defiance of the order. “It has become abundantly clear that if we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again.”
Shiflett said other churches have plans of reopening on Memorial Day weekend, and that he will be in attendance at a ReOpen Maryland rally on May 22.
The church’s decision follows in the footsteps of other houses of worship in America that have remained open and resisted Wuhan virus restrictions. One of the most notable cases involved Reverend Tony Spell in Louisiana, which had thousands attend its Easter service.
With summer right around the corner, Americans should begin exercising civil disobedience on a massive scale if their states continue to lag in their reopening plans.
The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters
Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.
Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters.
Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits.
He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.
The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:
Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…
By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.
For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats.
Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another.
In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election.
Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.
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