Hell hath no fury like the wrath doled out by cultural Karens toward those who want to attend religious services in person.
Want to protest? Go nuts.
Want to go to your place of worship? Don’t you know the risks? Don’t you care about my grandmother?
In New York City, the Karen depot is located at 620 Eighth Ave., behind the imposing facade of The New York Times Building. There, reporters can cluck heartily at the rubes who are clinging to their religion (and assumedly their guns). They can glare disapprovingly at Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities and their hesitancy to follow social distancing guidelines.
And, in the same breath, they’ll tell you emphatically there’s no chance the novel coronavirus spread at the recent wave of protests that swept across that city and the nation.
On Wednesday, New York’s paper of record published an article about a rash of COVID-19 cases linked to Christian religious services.
“Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases,” the headline of the piece declared.
Sounds pretty dire. So did the first sentence of the sub-headline: “The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps.”
And then you read on: “More than 650 coronavirus cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches and religious events across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.”
It’s unclear how many people have gone back to church or other forms of in-person religious worship; The Times’ article only deals with Christian services. Given the total number of cases on Friday morning, using Johns Hopkins University data of the total number of COVID-19 cases, that means that .02 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases are linked to religious services.
Many pointed out that number hardly represents a “major source of coronavirus cases.”
Which explains why The Times changed its headline to “Now They Are Confronting Coronavirus Cases.”
And some of these cases also have little to do with the inherent contagiousness of the coronavirus.