WHILE WE AREN’T WATCHING
It has been a well-known tactic to release controversial information at times when the announcement may be missed by most people. I always watch for news released on Fridays at 5:00 or sweeping legislative action during times of crisis. As “watchmen on the wall,” some of us must look toward the battle and some must look away from the battle.
This just happened. While most of the U.S. was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest law-maker in the Commonwealth of Virginia (the state where I live) signed into law sweeping changes on abortion, gun control, and gender language. Nearly a week passed before I even realized this happened.
With the support of the newly elected progressive General Assembly, Governor Northam signed a bill that lifted restrictions on nurse practitioners on performing abortions, eliminated the requirement of a pre-abortion ultrasound, and removed requirements treating abortion facilities similar to hospitals.
It was Good Friday, April 11 when this happened. The COVID-19 pandemic was occupying the 24/7 news cycle on a day when many Americans focused on the passion of Christ.
It was NOT a very good Friday.
If that was not enough, on the same day, Governor Northam signed a comprehensive protection bill for the LGBTQ community, the Virginia Human Rights Acts, which add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to existing nondiscrimination laws. The news reports seemed to brag that this was the first southern state to pass this kind of law, foretelling a hoped-for trend.
The day before, he signed into law an expansive list of laws restricting the use of guns in Virginia, including restrictions on sales and purchase of guns, allowing government seizure of guns based on accusation without evidence or a hearing, and increased penalties aimed at parents.
The day after, he signed laws that will open the door for voter fraud as he eliminated the requirement that voters present a form of identification before voting.
Fewer restrictions on abortion. Sexual orientation/gender identity now a protected class under the state law. Gun restrictions. Elimination of voter ID requirements.
While we weren’t watching.
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to occupy the hearts and minds of many as we transition to the opening of our economy, but we must be vigilant and pray.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
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