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I find that sad, but hardly surprising considering this Crew.

They have discovered some "new swamps" in the desert. New reconstructed Injun' agents selling "rotten meat and worm filled corn-meal ."
 

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to pray 4 a pleasant after life?

to pray to the almighty?

$ that is
I figure it is ideology over logic. Old people largest contingent of worshipers, most likely to die from Covid-19.

Other issues are fear that habits will be broken and folks not return, already showing up in polls.
Then there is the $ to keep mega-churches going. One of my pet theories is that as small churches close up and are absorbed by high-cost mega-churches, then more likely lots of folks will lose places of worship. One mega church-going under due to financial issues throws 1000s out of church whereas one small one might throw 100 out which can be absorbed by the numerous other small ones. If all the small ones are gone, nowhere to go.
 

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I figure it is ideology over logic. Old people largest contingent of worshipers, most likely to die from Covid-19.

Other issues are fear that habits will be broken and folks not return, already showing up in polls.
Then there is the $ to keep mega-churches going. One of my pet theories is that as small churches close up and are absorbed by high-cost mega-churches, then more likely lots of folks will lose places of worship. One mega church-going under due to financial issues throws 1000s out of church whereas one small one might throw 100 out which can be absorbed by the numerous other small ones. If all the small ones are gone, nowhere to go.
getting rid of Mike Pence and have somebody else to fire him?
 

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per Churches opening. Many megachurches may not be able to exist on 70% of former income.

People’s post shutdown plans depend on what they did before the outbreak. Overall, 38% say they would attend religious services. But among people who attended services at least once a month before the coronavirus outbreak, 67% say they would return to their church, synagogue, or mosque if restrictions were lifted.​
 

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Think mega-churches were on the decline before the virus pushed them off the cliff - the Crystal Cathedral in SoCal went into a money free fall after the departure (to his mansion over yonder) of its founder and pastor. The area around here was always Christianity Central with numerous large churches - big buildings, multiple out buildings, several pastors and an army of deacons, rotating services. As noted above, elderly rich Christians pushed off with Michael over the River Jordan and now those same churches are temples (Jewish or Buddhist) or mosques. I'm not sure if one religion is fading off and being replaced with others, but that seems to be the case here.

Most of the stately old heritage churches have had the fundamentalist core remove itself to small, poor churches while the more liberal thinking, social service inclined retain the lovely church and land. Some of the breakup is due to very basic changes in the doctrines of the denominations. Most mega-churches are Baptist or non-denominational, and there have been big belief churnings.
 

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The college closure in the little town up the road has had a HUGE impact on the economy there, way more than the general havoc wreaked by the virus. About a couple dozen folks took sick and no one has died - whew! and keep your fingers and toes crossed please - but the college kids rented apartments, ate out, drank in the bars (always to excess of course), skiied at the ski lodge, hiked and rode bikes and bought their gear in town, rode the bus way more than the locals... A lot of people are wailing and putting ashes on their heads because the students might not be able to fill the town like they used to, spending their money. More importantly to many - they won't be voting! (We're liable to get Ammon Bundy for our representative now...)
 

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w updated info

s more parts of America proclaim themselves open for business, COVID-19 continues to expand into new counties and states in many areas with demographic and political orientations favorable to President Donald Trump. This is especially noteworthy given that the president has pushed for an even faster reopening of the U.S. economy.

Now, for four weeks running, counties newly designated with a high prevalence of COVID-19 cases were more likely to have voted for Trump than for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to our analyses. In the latest week of this monitor, such counties favored Trump by a 12% margin in 2016, and, as in recent weeks, they are also much less urban and less racially diverse than places where the coronavirus was most prevalent in March and early April.

This tracking represents our seventh week of monitoring counties that newly qualify as reaching high COVID-19 prevalence (at least 100 cases per 100,000 population based on case data reported by The New York Times and 2019 population data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau). In the most recent week, May 11 to May 17, 176 new counties identified as high-prevalence counties. In the seven weeks between March 29 and May 17, the share of the U.S. population residing in such counties rose from 8% to 79%.
 
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