Pastors jailed, prisoners released

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Rodney Howard-Browne, the politically active and controversial author of The Killing of Uncle Sam: The Demise of the United States of America, and pastor of a pentecostal mega-church in Tampa Bay, Florida held church services this past week. The next day he was arrested and then released on $500 bail.

According to the NYT: Sheriff Chad Chronister of Hillsborough County said he had obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Howard-Browne for “intentionally and repeatedly” defying emergency orders mandating that people maintain social distance and stay at home.

Media freaks out

The mainstream media are running headlines like Florida megachurch pastor arrested for holding services, defying social distancing orders and the NYT, Florida Pastor Arrested After Defying Virus Orders.  

Defying social distancing orders,” seems to be the one the order or “law of the land” that will definitely be enforced in our nation. You must practice social distancing or you will be jailed or fined.

However, laws against shoplifting, assault, and raping minors will no longer be enforced in some cities and states. Sexual offenders, among others, are actually being let out of prison in New York City to “protect” them from the coronavirus. Chicago.  California is releasing 3,500 prisoners, “non-violent” offenders with less than 60 days left before they are paroled.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Jails in California, New York, Ohio, Texas and at least a dozen other states are sending low-level offenders and elderly or sickly inmates home early due to coronavirus fears.

The really tricky part of this language is the definition of “low-level or non-violent offenders.” Apparently, in New York City, which has released 900 prisoners, a “low-level” offense includes armed robbery and the rape of minors.

Progressive organizations such as the ACLU and Fair and Just Prosecution, have been pushing for early release as a part of progressive prison reform for years. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, they are not only pushing, they are succeeding.

There is a battle in Texas between the governor, Gregg Abbott, and judges on who will be released.  According to the Texas Tribune: In an executive order Sunday, Abbott barred inmates accused or previously convicted of violent crimes from being released from jails without paying bail. But judges in Mercer County, Texas are releasing violent prisoners.

Again, according to the Texas Tribune: In Harris County, a murder suspect was released from jail after he said he was afraid of contracting COVID-19 there. A judge allowed him to pay just 3.5% of his $60,000 bond upfront, according to the Houston Chronicle — a fraction of what is normally required.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer, released a prisoner, writing in his decision: “As a result of his medical conditions and age, Mr. Vinent-Barcia is at high risk for severe illness or death if [he] contract[s] COVID-19.” The only problem is that the man, Pedro Vinent-Barcia was awaiting sentence for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death. The murder was recorded on a store surveillance camera. Why are the rights of a murderer being prioritized over the safety of society? What is going on here?

New Jersey released 1,000 inmates. The released prisoners were “encouraged” to self-isolate for 14 days. In California, a significant number of prisoners released are homeless and can’t self-isolate.

How did this happen? As Michael Knowles pointed out on his show, which inspired this article, while law-abiding citizens remain in their homes, or are fined and arrested for being out, convicted prisoners are being released into society.

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26 Responses

  1. The preacher is wrong. I am a lover of Jesus Christ and He would have the preacher do what the government said, unless they think they can shut the church down permantly. That they have no business doing..

    1. You dont know the facts about it! If ya love Jesus get the facts and you’ll see that Pastor Browne bent over backwards in complying with local rules so they could keep the church open. the fake news media as usual is only sensationalizing part of the story.

      1. Typical libs, kill babies, release killers but arrest conservative ministers. This entire shutdown is way over the top.

  2. This country is so ‘warped’ by political correctness that even our law makers and politicians can’t decide the obvious solutions! Whatever happened to common sense!

    1. In our topsy-turvy politically correct world, the innocent are punished and the criminals are the ones who are n treated as orality, thanks to the senseless leftist.

      1. Its gone to where all anti Christ people will go…. HELL!!
        The one woman claims to be a Christian yet she will side with the sensationalizing lying fake news media against a Pastor wrongfully arrested for holding services.
        People need to get the whole story and the facts. Pastor Browne spent thousands if dollars on a special air purification system as well as complying with the distancing and other precautions so his congregation could still come to church.
        If anybody violated something it was the law enforcement and their bad judgement in this case.

  3. The preacher is wrong. I am a lover of Jesus Christ and He would have the preacher do what the government said, unless they think they can shut the church down permantly. That they have no business doing.. We are free to worship but in times like this you need common sense. There is always somewher, especially SBN T.V where you will get great words of wisdom from Christ via Jimmy Swaggart. He is a great teacher.

    1. why do you need a church to love the lord you a fool we are trying to stay safe from illness and death if you love the lord you pray all the time not only sunday at a church your not a Christian your a sunday church prayer only

  4. The preacher should have followed stay at home. He could have broadcasted his sermon. Letting prisoner out is just a democratic ploy. As usual politics before health and safety

  5. Why would anyone go to the preacher’s service? God is all around you. Anyone can pray . The people exposed themselves to danger and he defied common sense with his egotistical decision.

  6. Question: For those criminals being released, will those who re-offend be charged and arrested or let go because they may be more @ risk for CV 19 behind bars?

    If they are arrested will they be charged with violation of the nationwide mandate to self-quarentine?

    If those in the judicial system who released these criminals are confronted with dealing with these same lawbreakers after they commit post-release crimes, will the members of that judicial system arrest and prosecute for the new crimes. If so, how long will it be before a judge(s) decide that those re-arrested need to be released once again as a means of combating CV19?

    What is the greater offense, commiting crimes against citizens of the United States or failing to “stay @ home” and observe “social distancing” mandates.

    Folks, we have some seriously flawed decisions being made by those in positions of authority who are supposedly elected/appointed to protect us all of whom are paid by our tax dollars.

  7. Time for Extreme Civil Disobedience & A revolution & to bring back good old fashion Tar & Feathering for politicians !

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