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IS COVID-19 RESPONSE A THREAT TO LIBERTY?

Lord, please give our government leaders wisdom in the battle for life in this coronavirus crisis. May they uphold life and liberty effectively. In your mercy, please grant us victory over this pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic is a clear and present danger to life for many Americans. Could it be a threat to our liberty? Right now, our government leaders need your prayers for wisdom to meet this challenge.

Cases of COVID-19 are growing exponentially and the number of lives the disease is claiming is rapidly on the rise. This unseen enemy is very contagious and very dangerous. We need to use any available means to stop it, don’t we? Spurred by either compassion or fear, it is tempting to quickly say, “Yes!”

What about data collected and tabulated about us? Is that justified in this crisis or is it a Pandora’s box?

The Washington Post recently reported that federal officials were in conversation with Big Tech companies like Facebook and Google about how they might be able to utilize mobile phone geolocation data to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Certainly, such information could be useful to public health professionals by enabling accurate mapping of the disease’s spread. It could also help ensure people are abiding by social distancing mandates. After all 94 percent of Americans own a mobile phone, most of which are smartphones.

The concept is not new. You might not be surprised that China has aggressively used its surveillance capabilities in this fight. However, other countries like Israel, Italy, and South Korea have also taken steps to tap into mobile data. The United Kingdom is interested, too, and the European Commission just this week convinced its region’s major mobile carriers to help.

Some privacy advocates are waving caution flags. For example, several legislators appealed to the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment in a recent letter to the White House. That section of the Bill of Rights guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” They, too, wanted bold countermeasures against the pandemic, but they declared that “prohibiting government intrusion into the private lives of Americans is, and has always been part of the DNA of our country.”

If the U.S. were to move forward with gathering mobile phone data, those Members of Congress suggest the government be careful to minimize and anonymize that data it receives and restrict access to only those who really need it. Moreover, they urge that all this information be destroyed when this pandemic ends. 

According to Pew Research, significant majorities of Americans were already concerned about the risks to them when companies and governments collected and used data about them. Does the imminent danger of coronavirus justify a move by public officials to gain new access to online location records? Could any concerns — constitutional or otherwise — be mitigated for the period of this crisis with truly anonymized, minimized, secure, and time-limited data?

Those are important questions for our government leaders. They have been entrusted with the keys of state authority at such a time as this, and there are very difficult decisions ahead that will have serious ramifications for years to come.

The coronavirus pandemic is shaking us in many ways. Our leaders need strength as they meet this imminent challenge to life — a core value of our republic. They also need wisdom as the seek to faithfully uphold our nation’s commitment to liberty.

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Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.’s public policy arena and Christian associations. A seasoned strategist, he aids organizations with research, analysis, and writing services, and he reflects on faith, technology, and the public square at FTPolicy.com.

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15 Replies to “IS COVID-19 RESPONSE A THREAT TO LIBERTY?”

  1. Its like factories now being given time to correct their pollution output because of this epidemic. The pollution conributes to health problems so who thought that was a good idea? Big Brother’s been active or quite a while as a social media. How much more privacy do we give up for health containment.
    LOL one country is using police for control of social distincing. However, 400 got to attend a prominent person’s funeral. The police attended also.
    So much for that idea…

  2. According to several youtube sights [(Liz Crokin) and (Mark Taylor&Christopher McDonald) on The McFiles] this pandemic time has also been used to round up “Deep State” players overseas. Our president deployed 30,000 troops in Europe and retired veterans were activated.
    So, Lord, I pray that as we are working to stop this pandemic over here in America that our troops are working to stop what the “Deep State” does to children in Europe. I pray for everyone’s protection here and abroad, in Jesus’ name. What the enemy meant for evil you will turn it around for Your good.

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  3. I’ve said a prayer for the last ten years.

    Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.

    Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire. Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20;Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)

    Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them. Amen

    God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we most hide from ourselves, is hidden from him. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.
    Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)

    I had to add a verse from Isaiah after my stroke in 2015. No weapon formed against us can prosper!

    My State is a right to die state, and the rehab center they placed me in tried very hard to do me in, but everyday I persisted with my prayer till
    I was finally able to obtain my freedom to go home and continue to work on my rehabilitation. It is more real than ever that our very lives are at risk from Governments like Washington State. I filed a complaint which came back a 75 page report, and identified 27 patients they had abused. I tried very hard to get them to change their regulations to treat seniors and the infirmed with respect and with better medical ethics. Please do pray that someone finally hears this plea and does something.

    Pastor Karen

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      1. You’re so very welcome Barbara,

        So important to stand for the weak and those unable to protect themselves.

        Our Ministry started in July of 1986, helping the unchurched and the homeless,
        serving where we could help the poor, and later I served the homeless on several
        city councils, and on a Washington Senate workgroup.

        God puts those that are willing exactly where you are needed.

        We also serve domestic violence victims and their children, and since
        my injury I’ve changed to serving the same group online, by sending out
        a Daily Devotional and Scripture, and Daaaily Puzzles an Inspirations.

        All anyone can do is let life’s experiences, and your walk with the Lord
        work together to serve where and when you cn.

        Pastor Karen

  4. I felt Holy Spirit tell me to pray specifically that both LIFE and LIBERTY would be protected by our government in this crisis. It is a holy balance, biblical in mandate.

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  5. Dear Father, We lift up our leaders in America and ask that You give them Your divine wisdom to make the decisions they need to make concerning COVID-19. We ask that You expose any plans the enemy has to undermine our privacy and security by giving out personal information to tech companies who cannot always be trusted. We pray that You would expose those who would bring harm to our great nation through evil ways and that they would be removed. We place our trust in You, dear Father, and ask for Your protection and healing. Please draw us as Your children to the repentance we need before You so that You will forgive us and heal our land.

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    1. yes, and in our town right now when schools are shut down this is being installed. China invasion is already
      in motion. Unless, we the people rise up in one accord and say NO. I know of few that will even face this truth. I can’t do this alone…stand up, speak up and show up.

  6. Lord, we do lift up our leaders in Washington. Father we pray for them and we pray that they would pray to You seeking Your wisdom. Father we know so many have ties to other nations which do not guarantee to freedoms we have, to life, to liberty, to the pursuit of happiness, freedoms of religion, freedoms of speech, freedom to not be surveilled and spied upon. Lord, we pray that before any technology and the laws surrounding its inception and usage in this nation, that these lawmakers would consult the founding documents of which You gave wisdom to men that trusted in Your divine providence to create. And Lord we ask that You would expose all of the ties to other nations, financially and in allegiance, for any member of our vast government and its agencies, that their crimes against this nation in treason and sedition would be exposed in the coming days.
    Lord we need You to heal our land. There is nothing hidden that You can not make known, and the best way is to make the name of Jesus known to a new generation, and when the minds, the governing bodies, the technology is controlled by enemies of Yours, the ability to spread the good news is hindered only a bit, for we know even in the darkest of places Your light shines bright. May Your enemies be exposed, removed from their positions of power and influence and You name be exalted and glorified in this great land as healing comes. In Jesus name I pray for my brethren not to be alarmed, but to be hopeful for in the days of a reset there may be chaos and confusion, let us trust You with all our hearts, let us pray for those servants of Yours (even when they dont know it) that are exposing the darkness, that they too not be caught up in sin and crimes of which they are exposing, even if that means exposing some of the most trusted names around the globe. Would You do this thing Lord, and may we, as a remnant in this land have our eyes open in expectation of how You will work it all out. May we be battle ready, adorned in Your armor and stand for Your righteousness as You fight the battle. Amen

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    1. Yes Lord, may all Your enemies be exposed and filtered out of our government, and give Your strength to the Church and make us see what is really there. Please give to our government officials Your eyes and will to do right and not the ways of the world. Please unite Your church in Christ Jesus Father, and I pray we will not be at odds with each other in a time as this, that we would be one with You, In Jesus name

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