Open letter to Supervisor Linda ParksAugust 5, 2020 • By Debra Tash
You may remember that I was the treasurer for your earlier campaign. I used to live on Fisk court just a couple houses from you at the time. Now I’m in a different part of your district.
I think you should reverse your vote to close churches by force and I think you should do it quickly.
First, there is no reason to consider churches as more of a threat than liquor stores, pot stores, BLM riots, or walmart. If anything churches are more necessary to keep open.
Second, the First Amendment to the Constitition takes precedence over any local ordinance. The First Amendment guarantees the right to assemble and it guarantees freedom of religion, and that means that a local law that interferes with church attendance is twice illegal.
Third, the US Criminal Code Title 18, Section 242 makes it a crime for a local official to pass a law that violates citizen rights and any such law could cause the ones who passed it or enforced it to serve prison time.
Fourth, the whole notion of shutdown is ill conceived because the death rate of the virus is no worse than a bad flu season. The nation was scared by computer modelers convincing NIH and CDC that millions would die, but such is not the case, nor could it ever be. This disease is actually easily curable. I know because everyone I know has been cured. Some cured it in one or two days with Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc because it it stops the RNA replication of the virus. I can give you much more information on that.
Fifth, saving your political future may depend on you reversing your vote to shut down places of worship. Christian churches and Jewish temples and others will become campaign headquarters for WHOEVER opposes you in a coming election. Being the one who persecutes those of faith puts you in some very unsavory company of historical figures. People of faith cut across all demographic lines and you may find this will cost your re-election in the future. You do not want to be the Nero or Stalin of Ventura County.