Uncommon Sense

May 26, 2020

Open the Churches, Open the Churches!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 11:04 am

. . . says the Ranter in Chief. Easy for him to say, he doesn’t attend church services. I am an atheist and have seen the inside of more churches than Donald Trump.

But that is not the point I am trying to make right now.

The point I am trying to make is this . . . American theist’s faith must be weak indeed. It seems as if they do not get recharged at a Church Faith Charging Station, then they are likely to just drift away.

These girly-man theists can’t seem to hold it together without being portrayed as sheep by an officiant of some church. Hey, if you want to be degraded in your faith, call me! I will do it for nothing.

The ministers of their flocks, I can see, want to reopen services to keep their cash flow up, but why any Christian cannot go two months without church services is beyond me . . . and they claim their god is everywhere and accessible everywhere.

There are vulnerable people in any community and if there are these folks in your church community, how about supporting them by dropping by and having a conversation on their lawn or bringing a casserole (the Christians I grew up with were very big on casseroles . . . and Jell-O but I am not recommending you take that as I don’t want to be divisive). Check in with those in your congregation and find out what their needs are and see if you can help.

But don’t have every one pile into your Church asking Jesus to protect them because he won’t. There are roughly 100,000 dead because of COVID-19 (and another roughly 100,000 dead as collateral damage (that statistics indicate as “excessive deaths”) and the majority of the American dead are Christians. Don’t you think if Jesus were going to protect you, he would have started already?

Don’t be a Girl-man Theist! Show everyone how strong your faith is by staying home and when you finally are re-admitted to your church you can show them that your faith is undiminished. Get a ball cap that says Make Christianity Great Again and wear it!

Postscript I just read that in Germany they are re-opening their churches, having done a better job than us “crushing the curve.” From one such church there were 40 congregants who ended up ill with COVID-19, a few of which need hospitalization. But, we don’t use other societies experience to inform our own, even when they are acting as guinea pigs.


  1. In good faith, I asked an apologist the other day if they felt uncomfortable that Trump had played them so obviously with his little “open the churches” stunt. In return I got a rambling attack about everything and anything, including how much they ‘like the 1st amendment.’ I informed them they didn’t answer the question, and that i really encourage them to attend church, in huge numbers, and do lot of hugging. That seemed to make even more angry.

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    Comment by john zande — May 26, 2020 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Can’t imagine why? Isn’t Jesus his vaccine?

      Honestly John, you must be suffering from Lockdown Fever, if you have taken to trolling Christians. Too easy, man, far too easy.

      On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 27, 2020 @ 9:43 am | Reply

      • Curiosity got the better of me.


        Comment by john zande — May 27, 2020 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

        • I thought you might have claimed “The Devil made me do it” a la Flip Wilson.

          On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 12:07 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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          Comment by Steve Ruis — May 27, 2020 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  2. Look Steve. You are missing the point The reason people are fixated on going back to church is they are missing their “Adult Story Time”. It doesn’t matter that it’s the same story over and over again and none of the stories are realistic. They are really just children who have outgrown children’s stories so they gather to rehash these old tales that give them comfort.
    You do a lot of research so one of these days I would like your views on why “Stories” have always played such a big part in human evolution. There must be something in our DNA that gravitates to gathering around the campfire and telling one another the most outlandish tales of days gone bye.

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    Comment by Gus The Realist — May 26, 2020 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

    • I think I have have read that we are “primed by evolution” to learn from stories. I was dismayed as a classroom teacher when all the stories were removed from my textbooks and replaced by “relevant” information about our modern world. I do believe it was the stories that got me into my subject field (chemistry).

      I think this is quite sensible because we spent so much of our history as an oral people, having little in the way of writing/drawing av available to us. Stories, because they have an internal logic, are easier to remember than just a list of facts (this plant is safe to eat, that plant is poisonous, …) and anyone in a tribe who had a talent for stories would have many requests and the esteem associated with them, so being able to tell good stories was reinforced.

      And, those Christians may be right. The average church-goers depth of knowledge of their own religion, were it to be a puddle, would probably barely get the bottoms of your shoes wet were you to walk through it. So, reinforcement is necesary, plus they indicate that they have way more stories to share, giving the rubes something to anticipate.

      On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:44 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 27, 2020 @ 9:50 am | Reply

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