Christian journal claims government has forced the Church to worship ‘the false god of saving lives’

Meanwhile, Christian fundamentalists:

Although a great many governors have made allowances for religious ceremonies to be performed in their coronavirus lockdown orders, many churches, too, have acknowledged in these extraordinary circumstances that their congregants should not be expected to attend public gatherings just for the sake of religious ceremony. Even Pope Francis has suggested Catholics who are at risk should ask God for forgiveness directly rather than go to Confession — a remarkable departure from centuries of Catholic Church doctrine.

But not all those of faith feel this way. In an angry article published in the right-wing Christian Journal First Things, editor R. R. Reno took a different position, suggesting that Christianity does not, in fact, command the faithful to take steps to save lives from COVID-19.

“At the press conference on Friday announcing the New York shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, ‘I want to be able to say to the people of New York — I did everything we could do. And if everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy,’” wrote Reno. “This statement reflects a disastrous sentimentalism. Everything for the sake of physical life? What about justice, beauty, and honor? There are many things more precious than life. And yet we have been whipped into such a frenzy in New York that most family members will forgo visiting sick parents. Clergy won’t visit the sick or console those who mourn. The Eucharist itself is now subordinated to the false god of ‘saving lives.’”

“A number of my friends disagree with me,” wrote Reno. “They support the current measures, insisting that Christians must defend life. But the pro-life cause concerns the battle against killing, not an ill-conceived crusade against human finitude and the dolorous reality of death.”

Indeed, Reno even suggested that fearing the pandemic is a victory for Satan.

“There is a demonic side to the sentimentalism of saving lives at any cost,” wrote Reno. “Satan rules a kingdom in which the ultimate power of death is announced morning, noon, and night. But Satan cannot rule directly. God alone has the power of life and death, and thus Satan can only rule indirectly. He must rely on our fear of death.”

“Fear of death and causing death is pervasive — stoked by a materialistic view of survival at any price and unchecked by Christian leaders who in all likelihood secretly accept the materialist assumptions of our age,” concluded Reno. “As long as we allow fear to reign, it will cause nearly all believers to fail to do as Christ commands in Matthew 25. It already is.”

Source: Christian journal claims government has forced the Church to worship ‘the false god of saving lives’

Bethany Paquette, Trinity Western grad, has prejudice claim rebuffed by tourism company

Further to Trinity Western grad attacked for being Christian in job rejection

In a CBC News exclusive story published Tuesday, Bethany Paquette says she was “attacked” over her religion and rejected for being Christian after applying to work in Canada’s North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the company rejected this claim, stating, “We regret that Bethany Paquette was [em]inently unqualified for an assistant guide internship position with our company.

“We strive to make applicants aware of the minimum requirements for each position,” the statement continues.

The Amaruk Wilderness Corp. hiring manager said in an email that we strongly disagree with some of Trinity Westerns principles but it was a mere expression of opinion.

“This includes, but is not limited to, clearly highlighting such requirements in red bold characters on our website, as well as emphasizing, on multiple occasions and at different stages, the absolute need to meet all minimum requirements of a position prior to applying.

“Unfortunately, Bethany Paquette applied for a position when she knew, or ought to know, that she was unqualified for the position, did not meet the minimum requirements of the position, and did not hold the necessary certifications for the position.”

The requirements for an assistant guide on Amaruk’s website:

  •  No Violation under any Wildlife Legislatio
  • Current Active/Inactive PAWGI CWG certification
  • Current Advanced Wilderness First Aid (Red Cross, WMA, or NOLS)
  • Current Divemaster Certification (PADI, CMAS, or NAUI)
  • Valid Driver’s Licence
  • Minimum of 300 region-specific backcountry overnight days
  • Fluent in English
  • Fluent in official language of country of employment (if not English)
  • Meet AMARUK® minimum Fitness Standards:
  1. Be able to swim for 500 meters in under 12 minute
  2. Be able to perform a minimum of 42 push ups in 2 min max
  3. Be able to perform a minimum of 8 pull ups (no time limit)
  4. Be able to perform a 2.5km run in no more than 11 minutes

Bethany Paquette, Trinity Western grad, has prejudice claim rebuffed by tourism company – British Columbia – CBC News.

Trinity Western grad attacked for being Christian in job rejection

Interesting incident. The Norwegian company’s emails are pretty amazing and outrageous, whether or not one agrees with Trinity Western or not.

A Trinity Western University graduate says she was “attacked” over her religion by a Norwegian wilderness tourism company, just for applying for a job.

Bethany Paquette claims her application to work in Canada’s North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp. was rejected because she’s Christian.

“It did really hurt me and I did feel really attacked on the basis that I’m a Christian,” Paquette said.

In her complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Paquette outlines a series of emails from executives from Amaruk Wilderness Corp.

Paquette, an experienced river rafting guide, applied to be a wilderness guide for Amaruk’s Canadian operations in the North.

She says she was shocked when she read the rejection email from Olaf Amundsen, the company’s hiring manager.

He wrote that she wasnt qualified and “unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want.”

Trinity Western is the Christian university in Langley, B.C., where Paquette earned her biology degree.

All students must agree to a covenant prohibiting sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage, under pain of possible expulsion, which has led to controversy over the university’s new law school.

Paquette was furious and told CBC, “My beliefs have developed who I am as an individual, but they don’t come into play when I am doing my job.”

Her last line is critical – can she separate her personal beliefs when doing her job, presumably with clients who do not share her values?

Trinity Western grad attacked for being Christian in job rejection – British Columbia – CBC News.