The Plane Truth about Vax Tyranny

The Plane Truth about Vax Tyranny

November 16, 2021

What air travel needs right now is more restrictions, said 37 Democratic lawmakers in a letter to President Biden, saying, "as the nation approaches holiday season, we ask that you put in place requirements for airline passengers to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID or a negative test to board a domestic flight." Their call for further travel restrictions doesn't just unhappily coincide with the holiday travel season; they explicitly cite that as a reason to enact the restrictions.

These would-be scrooges should have asked the airlines. Just as retailers and other businesses who survive on December sales begged the Biden administration to postpone the employer vaccine mandate until January, so airlines "have come out months ago and said that they were opposed to" the travel mandate," said Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.). Businesses live in the real world, where they must respond to market forces if they want to survive. Therefore, they recognize (far more than D.C. politicians) that most Americans who haven't gotten vaccinated don't appear to be changing their minds, regardless of the carrots and sticks the federal government wields.

"Many Americans remain reluctant to spending [sic] extended periods of time in enclosed public spaces due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure," continues the letter. Assuming that's true, whose fault is that? Graves, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said top researchers have testified before Congress "that airline travel is safe, that they effectively had not found any cases of where transmission happened on an airplane." Air cabin ventilation entirely recycles the air within seconds; any infected air doesn't linger long enough to infect anyone else.

But the Democrats' claim is more a symptom of their "Forever Covidism" than an accurate reflection of what Americans are thinking. COVID is no longer the foremost issue in voters' minds, as the 2021 elections and recent polls have shown. In fact, there are probably more Americans "reluctant to spend extended periods of time in enclosed public spaces" because they're required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

Let's face it; Democrats are simply pulling power levers for the fun of it. The Democrats who wrote this letter didn't do it because Americans are too scared to fly. They did it to punish the unvaccinated, so they can't see their families for the holidays without jumping through extra hoops to show proof of a negative test. Just like the U.S. Navy is withholding promotions and pay from the .5 percent of unvaccinated, active-duty sailors. All for a virus with an over 98 percent survival rate.

Speaking of tests, Graves warned that if we suddenly start requiring all unvaccinated Americans to get tested before doing things like flying, we "probably don't even have the capacity to do the testing quickly." That will add travel delays on top of those that will be created by vaccine mandates on air traffic controllers, TSA employees, and airline staff. Which creates more travel headaches: a chronically understaffed airport, or one in which a small percentage of staff aren't fully vaccinated? "You think you've seen bad holiday travel conditions? You just wait," warned Graves.

"Forever Covidism" is now a far more dangerous pandemic than COVID. Its symptoms include unchecked government tyranny, punishing people for personal medical decisions, needless fearmongering, hampering early childhood development and education, exacerbating depression and addictions, destroying livelihoods, and separating families. That's far worse, for most Americans, than contracting COVID. There is cure available for Forever Covidism -- it's called freedom -- but we must use it!

Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

In a Culture Starving for Hope, Believers Must Be Unashamed of the Truth

November 16, 2021

It's news to nobody that the Biden administration is floundering. With the president's approval rating reaching yet another new low after a fizzling vaccine mandate and an economy that continues to struggle with skyrocketing inflation, many Americans are becoming disillusioned with a government that is flirting with authoritarianism and seems hostile to the principles of capitalism and free markets. During volatile times such as these, hope can be hard to come by.

For Al and Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame, who have weathered many a cultural storm over their unabashed embrace of their Christian beliefs about sexuality, now is the perfect cultural moment to be publicly unashamed of their faith, as the name of their podcast suggests.

"When you look at the message [of] God becoming flesh, the world still to this day counts time by Jesus Christ, whether they want to admit it or not," Phil pointed out on "Washington Watch." "He dies on a cross for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead. That gives an individual hope. There's hope built into that. Without God, there's no hope. And all these things in the Bible about love your neighbor, love God, do what's right, help your neighbor, be generous. All those things have rewards. It's all about hope. And when a human being loses that, and if enough of them lose it, it turns south and it's an ugly sight."

A clear example of this was the recent news that an LGBT "Pride Coalition" is now being formed by the Republican National Convention, which shows that it's all too easy even for the party of common sense to lose their bearings on truth.

"I think that's the problem with parties," Al observed. "What'll happen is you'll go along and think, 'Well, we're going to take 90 percent of truth and tradition, but we're going to add in another 10 percent just to fit in.' And the minute you leave truth and tradition, then you're in serious trouble. And I think that's what can happen to any party."

But as Al went on to note, being 100 percent for truth does not mean that believers should proclaim it in a spirit of judgment. "I think what most of the world and a lot of our countrymen have missed from a conservative perspective is that we're speaking the truth, but we speak the truth in love," he said. "We want all people to be saved to do the right thing. And so we have to consistently say that because they say 'you're a hater,' but you're not mean. We want people to do what God wants them to do for the salvation of themselves and other people."

Even so, this loving message of salvation must be proclaimed without fear.

"The message Jonah was pretty simple, and he didn't want to speak it, but there was a whole civilization that needed a message of 'repent for the end is near,'" Al underscored. "That was the message. It was simple. And Jonah was as reluctant as a man could be about sharing that message. He did it anyway, and the people turned. And so, to your point of hope. I think that's why you have to consistently be a messenger. Because look, the message is 'repent [and] change for the end is near' ... We're worried about our country and our culture, and we should be."

Phil ended "Washington Watch" with a blunt but hopeful message for America: "I think America is better than this. I would encourage America to think about it. I think we're better than this."

Standing Firm When the World Says, 'Give up'

November 16, 2021

"In this world, it is becoming more and more unpopular to be a Christian. Soon it may become dangerous."

Those were the words of Melvin Laird, a former congressman and defense secretary for President Richard Nixon. He made that comment more than 50 years ago -- and if he thought it was difficult to practice his faith back then, he wouldn't believe the hostility of the culture today. The church is being pressed in from all sides, urged to abandon our faith or abandon the public square. We can do neither.

"Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent..." That was the message the Lord had for Paul when he was facing the cancel culture of Corinth in Acts 18. It was the same message I had for the crowd gathered for the Pastors Conference at the Louisiana Baptist Convention Thursday night in Monroe, Louisiana.

Right now, our spiritual enemy is desperate to separate Christians from the source of our strength -- to force us to take our faith in Christ underground. But the minute we surrender to that temptation, the minute we downplay the word of God so as "not to offend," we lose the very distinctive that makes unbelievers notice. As I challenged the pastors: Why would people that are empty and dissatisfied with what the world has to offer, turn to the church when the church looks and acts the same as the world? If the principles of God's Word were found good enough to build a nation upon by our founders, they should be sufficient to lead our nation by today.

That doesn't mean standing by those principles is easy. As the growing hostility toward religious freedom shows, we need to be prepared for conflict. Paul was. In his letter to the Ephesians, he made it very clear that we are to stand our ground, taking up the "whole armor of God." Even this great man of God recognized that he needed help doing that in the face of opposition. "Pray for me that I will open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I would speak boldly as I ought to speak."

Silence is not an option -- it wasn't then, and it can't be now. We must speak the truth when people want to hear it -- and even when they don't. But let's not miss the second part of what the Lord has to say, "for I am with you (my presence is with you)... I have many people in this city." That's true today. God still has many people in this nation -- but there must be a catalyst for them to converge for a common purpose. That's where Paul came in -- that's where you come in. Courage breeds courage.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an outspoken pastor, theologian, underground seminary professor, and spy against the Third Reich said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Be strong in the Lord.

Be prepared for the conflict.

Be bold and speak and do not keep silent.

Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.