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Minnesota small businesses band together to defy extended COVID restrictions

A group of small businesses agrees to resist any new COVID-19 restrictions that may be set in place in the near future. 

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A group of small businesses in Minnesota are taking the lyrics “land of the free and the home of the brave” to a whole new level as they agree to resist any new COVID-19 restrictions that may be set in place in the near future. 

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz issued a “dial back” order for the state on November 20 due to an increase in coronavirus infections that is set to expire this Friday. But, he has signaled that he plans to extend the order on Wednesday, the Epoch Times reports. 

The order mandates all bars and restaurants must close both indoor and outdoor dining, only allowing take-out service. Gyms and other businesses must close their doors as well. 

Darius Teichroew, founder of the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition, told CBS News that the organization has one goal: “to provide a little bit of peace and prosperity to these owners and their desperate employees as we approach Christmas.”

A whopping 150 small businesses plan to defy the order if it comes. 

“At the end of the day, people just want to feed their families, care for their employees, provide for their communities,” he said. 

Local business owners are encouraged to “join the cause and commit to opening” by promising to continue operations. 

“Fill out this form to indicate that you will no longer allow our governor to strangle your ability and God-given right to care for your own family and community,” the pledge form states. “If you are willing, your business will be included in the list of open  businesses to be released the evening before your chosen opening day (Dec. 16 or Dec. 18).”

“Fear is real out there, and fearful people can be very mean, so a kind word to these owners and employees in this Christmas season can mean anything,” the post continues. 

The group also challenges those who say remaining open puts people at risk. 

“For those who want to say that these businesses are putting others at risk…we challenge you to show us from any science and data that the risk of going to a bar, or working out at a gym, or bowling ten frames, or teaching a small dance class is any more dangerous than going to Walmart, walking through a crowded MOA (Mall of America), or spending two hours in a busy supermarket,” the post urged. 

“Trust us, we all have families, many of us have family members in the medical field, many of us have lost loved ones to COVID. But the state’s own data DOES NOT support any of the current lockdown, and much of the country and world stands amazed that Minnesota and a few other states still have leaders resorting to the failed policies of mass lockdown, especially lockdowns so arbitrary as this one,” it adds.

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  1. Y.A.

    December 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Why can’t small business owners just install air purifiers and at night run UV light that kills all viruses and bacteria? Its a no-brainer. With wiping down surfaces there would be zero reason to not open. There is no connection between covid and restaurant eating. Getting air purifiers is a low cost solution to this. So overall, one can only ascertain that this is a Democrat ploy to destroy small businesses because small business is the engine to a successful economy. And we all know democrats DON’T want that.

  2. Claudia

    December 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    You have the support of everyone in Florida where we are FREE…our governor knows how to do it, and I’m sorry that your state elected 100% idiots.

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National Public Radio Discontinues Reading the Declaration of Inependence

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A post by Todd Starnes alerts that National Public Radio (NPR) has ditched its annual ritual of reading the Declaration of Independence. NPR, derisively referred to by Starnes as “National Public Welfare Radio,” announced the cessation of reading the Declaration. Which staffers at the taxpayer-funded radio network had been reading aloud the document since 1988.

The void that would have resulted from not reading the Declaration was not unfilled. “Instead, NPR broadcast an 11-minute conversation about whether or not the Founding Fathers actually meant the words “all men are created equal.” Here’s a link if you’d like to listen to their “screed” (which also reminds us frequently that many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves).

Starnes disclosed that he owns “KWAM, the leading news talk radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. It angers me that my tax dollars are used to prop up a broadcast competitor that spits on our Founding Fathers and our Founding Documents.”

Interestingly, NPR’s newly voiced contempt and cynicism for the Declaration of Independence does not encompass refusing taxpayer-funded government support. Whether or not the Founding Fathers meant what they said and what they wrote may be grist for energetic banter on a radio program that is increasingly committed to shrill progressive virtue signaling. However, the topic of this discussion among smug well-remunerated media activists is irrelevant. The words of the Founding Fathers have been inspirational for two hundred and forty-six years and have been the moral and legal foundation used to free the slaves and develop Constitutional principles to ensure that slavery can never be implemented in this country. Slavery currently exists in several countries now, but NPR is dedicated to ignoring that scourge.

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‘Every Word Of This Is False’: Ted Cruz Factchecks Ilhan Omar’s Attack On Coach Kennedy Prayer Case

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On Monday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) factchecked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she made multiple false claims about the Supreme Court ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, in which the Court ruled 6-3 that a public high school football coach in Washington state had his First Amendment rights violated when he was punished by his school district for praying on the field after games where students could see.

As previously reported, “In 2008, high school football coach Joseph Kennedy began a tradition of praying at midfield after each game. Over time, his players and even members of the opposing team began to join him. In September 2015, a school administrator addressed the matter with Kennedy after an opposing team complained and the coach briefly stopped his prayers.”

“On October 14, 2015, Kennedy told the school district that he was planning on resuming his prayer tradition at the next game. The school district told the coach that his prayers violated the district’s policy, but Kennedy continued to pray at the next two games. The school district subsequently placed him on administrative leave, banned him from participating in the football program, and refused to renew his contract for the following season. Kennedy took the issue to federal district court, arguing that the school district had violated his First Amendment rights,” the report added.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Kennedy, Omar tweeted, “The Supreme Court just ruled that public school teachers can pressure students to join in prayer at public school events but can also retaliate against those that don’t join in. Religious freedom is dead in America.”

“Every word of this is false,” Cruz responded.

Omar’s claim that the Supreme Court’s decision allowed to teachers to “pressure students to join prayer” is false. The Court’s ruling just protected Coach Kennedy’s religious freedom to pray publicly.

Omar was also incorrect in claiming that there would be retaliation against students who did not join Kennedy in prayer – the coach’s tradition of praying after games began with him praying alone at midfield after football games. Kennedy’s school district even noted that Kennedy had “not actively encouraged, or required, participation.”

Additionally, in contrast to Omar’s claim that “religious freedom is dead in America,” the Supreme Court ruling actually strengthened protections of religious freedom.

Writing for the majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch explained, “Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic—whether those expressions take place in a sanctuary or on a field, and whether they manifest through the spoken word or a bowed head.”

“Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected by the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment,” Gorsuch added. “And the only meaningful justification the government offered for its reprisal rested on a mistaken view that it had a duty to ferret out and suppress religious observances even as it allows comparable secular speech. The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination. Mr. Kennedy is entitled to summary judgment on his First Amendment claims.”

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