Statewide lockdowns are abhorrent, immoral and unnecessary

So I’ve been very quiet on the covid-front, apart from the odd reference to certain YouTubers, partly because this is primarily supposed to be a blog focussed on Christian dating and relationships, and partly because we can’t seem to go anywhere without encountering news about covid.

Frankly I’m sick to death of it, but I felt a moral imperative to write something about the lockdowns, which have moved into outright tyranny, in my view, and I think it’s important to share this. Here’s an article I had recently published in Mercatornet:

The case of Sarah Caisip is a lesson for us all.

In the world of Covid-19, it is now a criminal offence to attend your own father’s funeral – if attending requires you to break quarantines and border restrictions.

As someone who recently lost my own mother, I know precisely how crucial it is to be able to farewell such a loved one, and to seek solace and comfort in fellow grieving family members.

This poor, poor woman was not only unable to be with her father during those last, precious moments of his life – she was kept out of his funeral and away from her mother and sister like some unclean 14th century plague victim.

Reading about how this healthy young woman has been treated by the Queensland Government, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in particular, makes my blood boil.

These are moments you can never, ever get back.

Being able to sit by my mother’s bedside during her final hours; being present at her funeral with my family members; watching her body being buried and being comforted by my loved ones – these are not just vital experiences in processing grief, they are among the most fundamental human rights. They ought to be completely inviolable.

But here they are, being violated.

What’s worse, the justifications used to violate them are becoming increasingly and overwhelmingly questionable.

In the authoritarianism running rampant in places like Victoria and Queensland, in the skyrocketing rates of anxiety, depression and even suicide, in the lost livelihoods and multigenerational businesses facing ruin, one question I’m not hearing nearly often enough is “why?”

Why, exactly, are we allowing our basic rights and freedoms to be snatched away from us? Why are we destroying small and medium businesses and nuking our economies? Why are we condemning thousands to catastrophic mental health conditions?

Why are we lying down and taking it so easily? And why are we all behaving as though state-wide lockdowns are perfectly normal occurrences?

Apparently, we’re doing all this to stop the spread of a virus that, even according to the most dire estimates, has at minimum a 97 percent survival rate. A virus which needs, on average, two or three comorbidities to actually prove fatal to the vast majority of cases, according to new data from the American CDC.

Some of my dearest friends, particularly those in Victoria, are living a form of hell on earth right now, and they’re not alone – relationship breakdowns, work breakdowns, depression, loneliness and serious physical health decline are emerging all around us.

If you still believe we’re going the right way about dealing with this virus, you need to wake up.

“But people will die!” you might say. This is a pandemic – of course people are going to die. And we have a duty to do all we can to protect those most vulnerable, especially in our nursing homes and aged care facilities, many of which have been shockingly neglected throughout this situation.

But this does not mean punishing people for eating lunch alone on park benches, arresting pregnant women in their homes for Facebook posts or, indeed, preventing people from attending their loved ones’ funerals.

These are all scandalous violations of our most fundamental human rights.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if this virus had a 90 or even an 80 percent survival rate – our human rights should be inviolable no matter what.

We should all be free to assess the risks for ourselves and to act accordingly. If people are scared, let them stay home. If they want to go out to work, or to gather with friends, or attend a concert, let them.

I’ll add my voice to a prediction many others have made: 2020 will go down in history as the most unprecedented overreaction to a medical crisis humanity has ever faced. (Come back to me in 30 years if I’m wrong.)

If we don’t stop and take stock of what we’re sacrificing in our frenzy to defeat Covid-19, we’ll discover that our “cure” has, in fact, been worse than the disease.

4 thoughts on “Statewide lockdowns are abhorrent, immoral and unnecessary

  1. I think the issue here is an issue of priority. Here, you’re highlighting the priority of mental health, and being able to mourn. On the other hand, we have the priority of humans being alive. Because, quite simply, the less restrictions we have, the more people will die. This has been clearly demonstrated by other countries that have been much less strict with their lockdowns, where dozens, or hundreds, of people are dying every day.
    And yes, people usually die every day. But we work to do what we can to prevent those deaths, we don’t just say that it’s fine and go on with our lives. These are the measures necessary to prevent deaths. It’s as simple as that.
    And yes, it’s hard. And yes, it’s difficult not being able to do things like be at funerals, or at weddings, or hearing about families separated from each other. And we’ll deal with those on an individual basis as those circumstances arise. But the alternative is literally death.
    Part of the problem is that many people suggesting that these lockdowns are too excessive are people who think that the virus will never affect them – they’re young, they’re healthy, they’ll be fine! But many people won’t be. Many people are vulnerable, because of their age, or pre-existing conditions. And even with the lockdowns we have, many people have been lost, and many people are mourning. We need to be thankful right now that we’re not looking like America, or India, or Brazil, who have each had days with over a thousand deaths reported. We need to be thankful that we can head towards a time when some of these restrictions can be lifted, because we’ve done so well. Many countries around the world are not so fortunate.

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    1. There’s actually no substantive proof that lockdowns do anything to prevent the spread: https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/09/has-sweden-really-pulled-it-off/

      And just to clarify, I didn’t say we should do nothing to prevent deaths. I said nursing homes should be given top priority for protection from disease (they count for almost half of the entire death count in countries like the US), but that locking down everyone statewide, particularly in the arbitrary way we’ve seen, is problematic and, imo, inherently immoral. Check out this YouTube channel for a funny, satirical take on everything wrong with the mainstream media narrative: https://www.youtube.com/user/AwakenWithJP

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  2. Thank you for your intriguing article Anna. Sarah Caisip’s case is so sad and it’s disheartening to think our authorities couldn’t/wouldn’t take her individual circumstance into account. We’re only dealing with a relatively small population here in Australia.

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  3. Here in Illinois a man pulls a wagon around while crying “bring out your dead!” Some aren’t even dead yet when they get tossed on to the wagon.

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