I have been sent a stern email by the Vicar in Shipston about tomorrow’s funeral for my father. She knows my views and position but reminds me that the Church is only following the law in requiring us all to muzzle up and not sing. Naturally I have replied but the attachment below, the Church’s guidance on Covid prevention, strikes me as a monstrous deception which, in time, it will be forced to recognise and will come to regret.
You may remember that the Vicar, who I stress is a good person who brought my father real comfort in his final days, says that one reason that she supports mask wearing is to protect her parishioners including a 99 year old lady. It is a laudable aim. And as such, the vicar follows what the Church says below “The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets and aerosols in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.”
But this is not true. The Church is making it up. There is no scientific evidence that muzzling up reduces the spread of covid. Indeed, as I noted here, the CDC in America makes it clear that it does not. If the 99 year old wishes to live forever, with Covid not hastening her meeting with St Peter, she should not be conned by the CofE into thinking that a muzzled up congregation will protect her. It will not. It strikes me that in giving its ageing flock a false sense of security, the Church does the faithful no service at all. Isn’t there something in the gospels about how making things up is not what God wants us to do, but that is exactly what the Church is doing here. And it will have consequences. Oh yes: Proverbs 19:5 (King James Version natch)
The vicar also stresses that we must obey the law and implied that this is what my father would have wanted. To which I replied:
However, my understanding is that when the Bible talks of obeying laws, it is of obeying God’s laws, not necessarily those of man. I find it hard, for instance, to think of Jesus smiling in approval at all those Good Germans who were so keen to obey orders 80 years ago. Forced mask wearing is a trivial matter when compared to what Good Germans did, but that does not stop it being unjustifiable.
Meanwhile, as my father might have asked, in its logic paper, can the Church explain, on the basis of what scientific evidence or moral imperatives it is upholding a law that allows 15 to attend a wedding (with bride and groom unmasked throughout) but 30 to go to a funeral?