"Mayor Quiton Lucas" by Office of Missouri Governor / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Right-Wing Christians Got Kansas City to Reverse Sensible COVID Precautions

May 6, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Officials in Kansas City, Missouri have caved under pressure from lying right-wing Christians and modified a local order that would have prevented the spread of COVID-19.

mentioned last week how Christian legal group Liberty Counsel released a statement denouncing Kansas City’s plan to allegedly force “every church to submit a list of members and attendees along with their names, addresses and telephone numbers.” Attorney and man-who-failed-history-class Mat Staver claimed “The Germans did this very thing to Jews — collecting the names and locations of all known synagogue attendees — in the early days of the Nazi regime.”

All of that was a lie. The Nazi comparison was egregious.

What was actually happening, according to the Kansas City mayor’s own website, was entirely benign. As the city begins to open up public places on May 15, officials wanted non-essential businesses (like beauty salons and churches) to do the following, outside of basic social distancing: Just keep track of who’s inside your buildings.

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