English-Metric Conversion: 6 COVID-feet = 1 COVID-meter

I long have been under the impression that one meter is about three feet, and hence six feet equals about two meters.

Regulatory responses to COVID-19 have changed many things about our lives.

Unit conversion is one such thing.

In the United States, where the English measurement system prevails, the standard unit for social distancing is six feet.

In Denmark, where the metric system is used, the standard social distance unit is one meter.

So, the COVID-19 conversion comes out like this:

1 meter = 6 feet

See for yourself, from this confirmation service photo, which the caption describes in terms of “én meters afstand” (one meter's distance apart) “og to meters, hvis der er sang” (or two meters, if there's singing):

danske kirke en metres afstand

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Congratulations and God’s blessings on your new little one! From one mother of many to another, we share many of the the same blessings on this journey, as well as some of the struggles. In case these resources that I developed can be a blessing to you, I want to share them! Follow these links to explore some encouragement with other mothers of many as we ask God to help us raise our little ones to His glory!

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Mrs. Marie K. MacPherson, vice president of Into Your Hands LLC, lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband Ryan and their children, whom she homeschools. She is a certified Classical Lutheran Educator (Consortium for Classical Lutheran Educators), author of Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood (2018), and editor of Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More (2016).


Is Compulsory Vaccination a Patriotic Duty? Think Again...

nurse with syringe

A recent editorial by Dr. Michael Lederman of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, entitled “Defeat COVID-19 by Requiring Vaccination for All: It’s Not Un-American, It’s Patriotic,” asserts:

  1. “To win the war against the novel coronavirus that has now killed over 158,000 people in this country, the only answer is compulsory vaccination—for all of us. And while the measures that will be necessary to defeat the coronavirus will seem draconian, even anti-American to some, we believe that there is no alternative. Simply put, getting vaccinated is going to be our patriotic duty.”
  2. “Do not honor religious objections. The major religions do not officially oppose vaccinations.”
  3. “Vaccine refusers could lose tax credits or be denied non-essential government benefits.”
  4. “Private businesses could refuse to employ or serve unvaccinated individuals, schools could refuse to allow unimmunized children to attend classes, public and commercial transit companies—airlines, trains and buses—could exclude refusers.”
  5. “The only legal limitation on government or private action is that it not be discriminatory, and it’s hard to see how discrimination would occur if vaccinations were free and accessible to all.”

In reply:

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An Analysis of Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905): Compulsory Vaccination


In response to a smallpox epidemic in the early 1900s, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a law requiring all adults to be vaccinated against smallpox unless they had already been vaccinated within the past five years or else a physician determined that vaccination was medically counter-indicated for them. The penalty for refusal to comply was a $5 fine (or about $150 in 2020, adjusted for inflation).

Jacobson challenged this law in court, ultimately appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905).

Outline of the Court’s Ruling

Police power includes public health regulation: “The police power of a state must be held to embrace, at least, such reasonable regulations established directly by legislative enactment as will protect the public health and the public safety.” 197 U.S. 11, 25 (1905).

Personal liberty is not absolute: “[T]he liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint.” 197 U.S. 11, 26 (1905).

Personal rights are limited to that which does not violate the liberties of others: “It is only freedom from restraint under conditions essential to the equal enjoyment of the same right by others.” 197 U.S. 11, 26 (1905), qt. Com. v. Alger, 7 Cush. 84.

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Download before It Disappears: State Re-writes the Rite of Holy Communion

In a recent blog I made the claim that a state government had overstepped the proper distinction between civil and ecclesiastical authority in urging churches to revise their rite of Holy Communion. I was unwilling to publish such a bold claim without first receiving constructive feedback from people with theological and legal expertise. As one of my Facebook friends replied following publication, “I can't believe it. Honestly.”

blood banned from communionDumbfounded, I discovered today that tyranny has taken a stronger stance. For Communion in Connecticut, the new faithful now follow this revised rite (emphasis added, as if the following phrases aren’t already jarring enough!):

Communion: Should be performed as follows:

  • All Communion lines should be single file, with people wearing masks, approaching row by row and keeping 6 ft. apart, except for family members. Neither the priest nor the communicants should wear gloves during the distribution of Holy Communion.
  • The priest should hold the consecrated host over the communicants’ outstretched hands and drop the host into their hands without touching their hands. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Communicants will receive the consecrated host in their hand, step to at least 6 ft. away, lower their mask, consume the host, replace their mask, and return to their pew.

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Persecution of Jews and Christians: Executive Orders Censor a 3,000-Year-Old Religious Ritual

The Book of Psalms (ca. 1000 B.C.) was the hymnal of the Jewish people in biblical times and remains so today. Christians, too, have sung and prayed the Psalter since the first century. Not only does each Sunday and feast day have a designated Psalm to be chanted between the Old Testament and Epistle readings, but several liturgies that are used regularly throughout the church year feature the Psalms. For example, the Office of Matins (dating back to the early medieval period) sets Psalm 95 to music, chanted by pastor and congregants alike.

Known as the Venite (literally, “Come!” in Latin), Psalm 95 begins:

O come, let us sing to the Lord:

Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving

and make a joyful noise to Him with psalms.

The phrase “come before His presence” refers to a corporate gathering in the sanctuary, around the altar, from which God’s Word will be read and preached. At this altar, the Lord’s Supper also is administered.

The Hebrew word translated “sing” is not the usual Hebrew word that denotes singing in general. Rather, it is a more specific term that means singing out or shouting for joy. The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament regards the basic meaning to be “call out shrilly, rejoice” and suggests for Psalm 95 in particular a translation of “proclaim jubilantly.”

The Hebrew word translated “make a joyful noise” means “rejoice, cheer, shout in triumph.” Some Old Testament contexts convey the notion of raising a battle cry or blowing a trumpet in jubilation. In Psalm 95, God’s people boisterously exclaim their praise and thanksgiving to God. Silent worship is not their kind of ritual. Among Christians, Lutherans in particular have developed a rich tradition of both choral and congregational singing, meriting the moniker “the singing church.”

Recent executive orders by various American governors have declared it unlawful for a congregation to gather in person. Even when phased reopening orders have permitted gathering (in reduced numbers and with social distancing), sometimes congregational singing has been prohibited. In Minnesota, the current policy is only slightly more lenient, with guidelines urging that at most one designated cantor should sing, but only when wearing a face mask and remaining at double the standard social distance (that is, 12 feet away).

In effect, the governor has censored congregations from performing an age-old ritual known as the Venite; the Office of Matins is now beyond the pale of public decency. Even the cantor, if he were to perform what should be a corporate ritual as a soloist, cannot do so in fidelity to the meaning of the lyrics: singing out, shouting for joy—muzzled behind a mask?

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