Over the last week or so, many conservatives have expressed concern about the detrimental effects that the prolonged coronavirus shutdown could have on the economy. This has lead not only the liberal elites to lie about and smear said conservatives as not caring about old people, but also some supposedly conservative Christians.
Among said liars sits Russell Moore, one of the most well respected and influential figures in evangelicalism.
Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commision (ERLC) – the lobbying arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which consist of over 47,000 churches with over 15,000,000 members. He is basically the face of the evangelical church to the political elites.
Having such an important position didn’t deter Moore from irresponsibly smearing his fellow Christ followers, though. He took the opportunity to write a piece for the New York Times titled, ‘God Doesn’t Want Us to Sacrifice the Old.’
In this piece, Moore basically pretended as if conservative Christians who think the economy should opened up ASAP really just don’t care about old people. Moore argues,
A pandemic is no time to turn our eyes away from the sanctity of human life.
We already are hearing talk about weighing the value of human life against the health of the nation’s economy and the strength of the stock market…. Still, each human life is more significant than a trillion-dollar gross national product. Stocks and bonds are important, yes, but human beings are created in the image of God….
The value of a human life is not determined on a balance sheet. We cannot coldly make decisions as to how many people we are willing to lose since “we are all going to die of something.”
A life in a nursing home is a life worth living. A life in a hospital quarantine ward is a life worth living. The lives of our grandparents, the lives of the disabled, the lives of the terminally ill, these are all lives worth living….
We want to hear the sound of cash registers again, but we cannot afford to hear them over the cries of those made in the image of God….
One day we will tell our grandchildren how we lived, how we loved, during the Great Pandemic. Let’s respect human life in such a way that we will not be ashamed to tell them the truth.
Not only is this New York Times piece full of child-like arguments, it’s also a complete misrepresentation of the opposing side.
No one of any influence is actually arguing that we should sacrifice the old for “stocks and bonds” or a “trillion-dollar gross national product.” This Leftist talking point that’s been repeated by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and the entirety of Left media, is clearly a strawman.
Conservatives arguing for the economy to be opened back up are doing so because they believe a collapsed economy will likely result in more death and destruction than the coronavirus.
These conservatives understand the economy is not simply the stock market, new gadgets, more money, etc., but much more. It is the thing that breeds and maintains the life of actual individuals.
Even when Moore did briefly refer to the fact that “a depression would cause untold suffering,” he didn’t make the slightest attempt to give the reader an understanding of the true level of suffering. Moore did not mention the very real possibility of an increase in suicides, homicides, stress related deaths, health related deaths, etc.
Moore makes it seem as if the debate is simply between a group that wants to “sacrifice the old” versus a group that mostly just wants to save the stock market or a particular way of life. This obviouly couldn’t be further from the truth.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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