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  #213 New May 9th, 2020 03:15 AM
The following is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Based on the current plan to reopen Illinois, until some extremely stiff conditions are met, no church larger than 10 to 50 people will be allowed to open for the foreseeable future. Presently, no gathering of more than 10 people are allowed, although that does not seem to be occurring in Chicago, based on the latest news broadcast, where large outdoor parties are occurring. I suspect that the City of Chicago Police have no desire to touch of a major riot by trying to break them up. Besides which, arresting 500 or so people and putting them in jail, while the jails are being allowed to release all sorts of criminals to protect the from possibly getting the Chinese Flu is not going to go over real well. Also, some members of the outdoor parties might just object in a more forceful way. Chicago's homicide rate has not significantly declined in the past several weeks of theoretical lock down. It should be noted that there is NO limitation on the number of people that may be in a large store, such as Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, or any grocery store. One consistent theme in the allowable openings is the generation of tax revenue, specifically sales tax revenue. Churches do not generate tax revenue.

However, in Stage 4, when as many as 50 might meet at a church, schools will be encouraged to open fully, with correct social distancing however. That should prove to be more than interesting, keeping students properly separated in a classroom of limited size. Also, theaters will be allowed to open with some limitations on capacity, but given the current set up of theaters in my area, that would still allow roughly between 100 and 200 people to be in the same theater at the same time. Theaters do generate tax revenue as well. That does assume that people will go to theaters to begin with. It will be interesting to see how many of them do not reopen. By the way, Stage 4 is quite a ways away presently.

It will also be interesting to see how the Chicago sports teams are treated. Giving them special privileges while keeping most of the state locked up will not go over well, besides which, then the lawsuits will really start flying.

If you get the idea that I have a very low opinion of our overfed governor's plan to reopen the state, you are correct. If you get the idea that I may be one of those filing a lawsuit, you are also correct. If you get the idea that if I had been around in Massachusetts in April of 1775 I would have been carefully lining my musket sights on a British Redcoat, you are also correct.

I served my country to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. I have no desire to allow some dictatorial governor to take them away.
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