NOLA.com has taken an unprecedented step to help residents who are dealing with the fallout of our current shutdown: encouraging residents to step into their faith. NOLA’s new initiative, brainchild of TimePic & Advocate owner John Georges, will host a directory of houses of worship, as well as information on how to stream services, make donations, or ask for prayer!
LFF commends John Georges and his media team for spearheading this innovative “Faith in the Community” initiative. People need hope now more than ever, and this effort goes far beyond the call of journalistic duty. Thank you to the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Advocate, the Advocate, and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for bringing this Lifeline to Louisiana.
Churches who wish to be included in the directory can find more information at this link.
In a Monday interview with Katie Moore, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had high praise for Louisiana and our efforts to defeat COVID-19. While President Trump has been forward about his desire to see governors take the lead in re-opening their states, the Vice President’s comments could certainly be interpreted as an encouragement for Louisiana’s leaders to place faith over fear while planning the state’s economic relaunch.
“We believe testing today is sufficient across America for any state to enter that first phase of opening again,” he said.
Governor John Bel Edwards has chosen to extend Louisiana's stay-at-home order through May 15th, much to the chagrin of business, church, and community leaders who were prepared to begin reopening under advice of the Trump Administration.
LFF will release a special edition commentary on this topic soon as Pelican Staters work through how to process this continued economic shutdown.
The former head of Stanford Medical Center’s Neuroradiology unit, Dr. Scott Atlas, has issued a straightforward endorsement for a swift reopening the U.S. economy. He also had a harsh rebuke for the national media: stop stoking fear by using ridiculous hypotheticals instead of the cold, hard facts.
“Ignore the panic and rely on facts,” he said. “Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.”
Following the conclusion of Stanford’s studies on COVID-19 response, Dr. Atlas’ assessment of the U.S.’ recovery efforts should encourage us all; he makes the case that total isolation no longer makes sense, and that it’s time for Americans to go back to work. This is great news!
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