After seventeen months of hibernation even the most cautious of churches have now reopened. The closure of churches was not brought about by covid but by government diktat and systematic fear mongering, all with the support of their friends in the mainstream media. In hindsight the covid crisis now looks more like a bad flu epidemic rather than the portrayal of the apocalyptic plague we were all meant to think it was. The truth is to be found in the all-cause mortality rates for the period. A check of the figures from the Office of National Statistics will show that the Age Standardised Mortality Rate for 2020 was not unprecedented and not even the highest in the twenty first century.
Last year, a friend insisted that the ‘pandemic’ and the associated lockdown of society, the curtailment of our freedom, would only end when a vaccination became widely available. But the real agenda, writ large must surely be apparent by now. With over seventy five percent of the population vaccinated, and yet an Autumn lockdown is still widely predicted or expected. The real agenda as expressed by the Billionaire, Bill Gates in a recent interview, is to go beyond the war on covid and to open up a second front against influenza and if you don't think that this would really be an excuse for further lockdowns, Gates, in the same interview went even further, to suggest extending this project into a war for the elimination of the common cold.
At what price comes all this? Your freedom! and so we continue to march even further away from our former lives, further away from all that we previously enjoyed and took for granted, to the nightmare world of 'forever lockdown' and the surveillance society, which is of course, the end game. Freedom for ordinary people is slowly being snuffed out as we drift towards that component of the modern totalitarian society: the digital identity card, currently being initiated through the NHS App; the thin edge of the wedge.
'Follow the science', we are told, but we should know the politicians are selectively using scientific opinion. They have no desire to engage in an open and public debate with the wider scientific community who do not share the same views as the scientists they have chosen to hire. Why? Because for the elites, such a debate, dangerously for them, would expose the falsity of the claims they are using in their quest for power without accountability. Indeed, the fear of a reasoned and debated opposition to the madness of compulsory mask wearing and a questionable mass vaccination programme using an untested drug has even led to censorship on social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
Unaccountable power, the suppression of free speech and democracy were hallmarks of the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union as witnessed in China and North Korea today. Other casualties of the totalitarian state will include the public worship of God and inevitably; our own humanity. Those churches that have fully embraced the government lockdown policies, and have not spoken out against them, and their consequences, are really now part of the problem. They are worshipping the state. They are not worshipping God; whatever they might say.
Again, a society, when it turns away from God, also turns away from its own humanity. I refer of course, to a confidential Whitehall document recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act:
Confidential Whitehall documents show that NHS plans refused treatment to those in their 70s and that “support” would instead be offered to use so-called “end of life pathways.” The Telegraph (30.7.21).
This confidential document showed that in a 'severe flu pandemic', the Health Secretary could authorise medics to prioritise some patients over others, apparently to stop the hospitals from being overwhelmed. The fact is that thousands of untested elderly patients were turned out of the hospitals at the height of the 'crisis' and returned to, or placed in care homes. It has been reported that more than 42,000 care home residents in England and Wales died during the pandemic
Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's former chief advisor, has said, it was a "lie" that everyone received care and that in fact "many people were left to die in horrific circumstances." The Telegraph (30.7.21)
In spite of all the hyperbole around the need to protect the NHS, and the first lockdown's Thursday night 'clap for the NHS' and that we were all one nation pulling together, in the face of a massive crisis, the reality was somewhat different. The truth is that the lives of the elderly were wickedly sacrificed. Earlier this year it was disclosed that care homes were asked by NHS managers and GPs, in breach of guidelines, to place do not resuscitate orders on all residents. Ostensibly this was done in order to keep hospital beds free, but what about the Nightingale hospitals, created for a surge that never came? They were hardly used. Instead, the care homes became death camps for the elderly, high security prisons where the residents became totally isolated from their loved ones. All visitors were locked out of the premises and denied entry. There were no visiting rights. Many elderly residents died alone, even after months of imprisonment and isolation from the outside world. Some were allowed a visit during the very closing stages of their lives.
When we think about it, we can see what a huge tragedy this story really is. I would prefer not to have to write on such bleak matters. I would rather much rather reflect and comment on the scriptures and their significance for each one of us within the context of our day to day lives. But there is a line in a song which the folk group, the Oldham Tinkers once sang and it goes:
You go to church on Sunday
And I'm sure it's nowt but pride
There can be no religion
When humanity's thrown aside
There cannot indeed.
My best wishes as always.