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Sun May 3, 2020, 02:58 AM

COVID-19 tore through a black Baptist church community in WV. Nobody said a word about it

FAIRMONT — Members of seven predominantly black Baptist congregations in North Central West Virginia packed a small rural church March 15 with the threat still largely unknown.

Ninety to 120 people gathered after regular morning services at Friendship Baptist to mark the Rev. Laverna Horton’s sixth anniversary at the church in Everettville, a rural community north of the Monongalia-Marion County line.

“Typically, black Baptist churches celebrate two major events each year,” said the Rev. Rahsaan Armand, head pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksburg. “That’s the church’s anniversary and the pastor’s anniversary. We go around and celebrate each one of those for each church.”

Inside a church van that morning sat Laverna Horton’s sister-in-law, Viola York Horton, 88, of Marion County, a choir member at Morning Star Baptist just outside downtown Fairmont. The church boasts one of the largest black congregations in North Central West Virginia.

Read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/coronavirus/covid-19-tore-through-a-black-baptist-church-community-in-wv-nobody-said-a-word/article_a84c0bbb-7433-54db-b228-85188cbef726.html
(Charleston Gazette Mail)

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Bernardo de La Paz May 2020 #1

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Sun May 3, 2020, 08:17 AM

1. The threat was known. tRump knew. Canada was already going stay-at-home.


March 11, four days earlier, WHO declared it a global pandemic. Enough time for the knowledge to sink in.

March 13, even tRump is moved to declare National Emergency. March 13.

People who trust science instead of doG were already taking precautions.

If the church-goers were not following the torrent of news stories and were too trusting in doG, then I'm sorry if I don't have much sympathy for them.

I wish the virus on nobody, and I wish a full recovery for any who have it. But it is WRONG to say "the threat was still largely unknown".

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It's like the guy on the roof in the flood who refused help from a boat and a helicopter saying "god will save me". Then god told him at the gates "I sent a boat and a helicopter!"

god says to those church-goers "I gave you a brain and free will! I gave you telecommunications and trusted news sources! I gave you scientists and epidemiologists!"

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