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Article: Which Is The Greater Threat To Freedom – Authoritarians Or Busybodies?



What is the greater threat to your freedom — an authoritarian governor or your neighbor who thinks they’re enforcing the governor’s rules for your own good?

On 10/7/2020’s show, David Knight reports,  “One of the saddest things I’ve seen is this article about mourners at a funeral in the UK.  The video shows a worker at the crematorium scolding the mourners because they moved their chairs to be closer to each other during the service.”

“One mourner wrote on Facebook,   ‘I can sit in a restaurant.  I can sit in a pub.  I can live at her house.  I can travel in a limousine to the crematorium with 6 people.  But when I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad’s funeral, this prick comes flying out aggressively in front of all shouting ‘stop the service’ and makes us split.’

Knight comments, “a devastating day made even worse.  So many stories have been sent to me of families being kept away from their dying loved ones in the hospital, not even allowed to see them because some phony test said they had COVID-19.”

Here’s what C. S. Lewis has to say, from the grave, about what we’re seeing now, in his book ‘God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics’.

Lewis writes,  “My contention is that good men (not bad men) consistently acting upon that position [imposing “the good”] would act as cruelly and unjustly as the greatest tyrants. They might in some respects act even worse. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under of robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some points be satiated; but those who torment us for their own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to heaven yet at the same time likely to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on the level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

Knight continues,  “That’s exactly the way they regard us.  We’re ‘covidiots’ if we don’t follow all of their superstitious rituals.  If we don’t go along they’ll force it on us, for our own good of course.  These brainwashed busybodies don’t respect us as fellow human beings, that’s why they don’t afford us any freedom or dignity.”

“It’s not just these people, they’re being egged on by people like Gretchen Whitmer.  Now there’s a real tyrant.  The ones like Whitmer, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they know.  When they don’t know the cameras are on, like Feinstein at the airport or Pelosi at the hairdresser, they don’t wear the mask.  As they lock everybody else down, they’re not concerned about it, they’re not concerned about their health or anybody else’s.”

“Whitmer isn’t paying any attention to the Supreme Court in Michigan.  It’s the governors and their Health bureaucrats that are doing this.  They’re doing it over the objections of the legislature, the people, and many judges and courts.  They don’t care about the rule of law or science.”

“They can look around and see what’s happening.  Kristi Noem, the Governor of South Dakota, said, ‘I think we’ve established something very important here because we didn’t follow the lockdown procedures and didn’t have an outbreak.’  I think the same thing could be said of all these churches that are refusing to shut down.  Or the protests that are going on in London, Berlin, and elsewhere.”

Knight concludes,  “We know what this is, and the way we stop it is by peacefully living our lives in the face of their lies.”