December 28, 2020 ~  I encourage all Christians who are opposed to CON-vid "safety" protocols being imposed on the faithful as a condition for participation in community worship to stand up and do something about it.  I have written letters to priests and just last week I wrote a letter to the Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America and laid out my case.  Among other things I asked for two services to be held in all parishes- one for those afraid of a virus and a second for those who are not.  I informed His Eminence that I will not allow non-medical parishioners to take my temperature, record my name on sign-in registrations or force me to wear a mask and equated these tyrannical practices to violation of my privacy, unauthorized practice of medicine, and discrimination for attempting to enforce these practices.  I also criticized the policies of forbidding Icon veneration, tampering with administration and reception of Holy Communion, social distancing etc.  The time to take a stand is now.  If we allow medical tyranny to encroach into the places of worship then we deserve much worse and "much worse" is looming over us right now.   Stand up for your faith, your Church, and your rights now or else prepare to lose them all permanently.  Quit being apathetic, disinterested, lazy, cowardly fence sitters.   Write letters to important people, withhold money, spam them with intelligent articles that refute the official narrative.  Do your part to help wake them up.  Stop being obedient slaves and stand up to this outrageous tyranny.  Too many people died for what we have both as Orthodox Christians and United States of America citizens. Stand up and fight for what you cherish and love.  Put your frustration into action, take off those stupid slave rags and act like you are a free human person made in the image and likeness of God. ~jp