CNN’s coverage of outdoor faith concert after cheering on months of protests in streets says it all

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CNN, which apparently loves it when thousands of peaceful and non-peaceful protesters gather in cities across America such as Portland, seems concerned about a Northern California religious concert where hundreds of people allegedly didn’t mask up or socially distance.

Regardless of whether you might be a devout person, a moderate believer, or even an all-out atheist, something doesn’t add up about the warnings over the potential spread of the COVID-19 infection: That is to say, for the contemporary liberal in the media or apparently in the government sector, it certainly seems that riots are okay, but religion is not okay.

According to CNN, the event that occurred under the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Cal., is “drawing criticism from a local health department that says the gathering violated state coronavirus rules.”

A millennial-focused, faith-based political activist movement called Hold the Line evidently promoted the concert.

A statement on the group’s Facebook page apparently attributed to musician Sean Feucht, the group’s leader, provided a counter-narrative to CNN.

Government leaders voiced support for outdoor protests in recent months, they should not be condemning Christians seeking to gather in worship. Masks were made available, social distancing was encouraged, and the gathering was held outside as an extra precaution. The freedom to worship God is the constitutional right of every American citizen and those who exercise this right should not be unfairly targeted for criticism.”

While outdoor faith gatherings are permissible there, the Shasta County Health Department claimed that the organizers never contacted them in advance or obtained a permit. Plus, the Hold the Line concert allegedly violated state COVID-19 guidance because too many people showed up for the size of the venue and, among other things, “Social distancing of six feet between unrelated persons was not practiced, and there was much physical touching,” and “Wearing of face coverings was not practiced in the absence of social distancing.” 

Reasonable people can agree or disagree as to whether more of the attendees should have been wearing masks.

(Source: Sean Feucht/Facebook)

Authorities added that anyone there should self-quarantine for 14 days and get a coronavirus test.

Setting aside the specifics of the Redding event, Donald Trump Jr., U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and actor James Woods are among the luminaries who noticed that across the country, something is wrong with this picture.

Various Twitter users made similar observations specifically in the context of the CNN story.

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