Remember Who You ARE 0
Remember who you ARE.
Neil posted today:
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” KJV
We are warriors. We are free. And our standing, our family,our clan, our tribe is with the great I AM.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy
Go Ahead! Tell me again, one more time, that suspending the constitution is about saving lives 0
Op-ed Catherine Schmid Murphy 4-7-2020
Go ahead. Tell me one more time that suspending the Constitution now is about saving lives. To date, this year's coronavirus has killed 8916 in the USA ( yes, I know there will be more.) Cigarettes kill 480,000 per year, abortions 876,000 in 2018. Flu killed 60,000 in 2017. Now that we as a country have demonstrated we all have mush for brains,having not even the most rudimentary concept of greater than and less than, we have given the government leave to suspend the Constitution, AT-WILL, indefinitely.
In the past 24 hours, two stories have come to my attention. References linked.
I do not know why our Constitution has been suspended at this time. But I am absolutely certain it is not about saving lives. And I am also certain, that by our current actions, we have conveyed the message that the Constitution can be suspended, at-will, indefinitely. We will get through this years virus as we have in the past. And I have to believe that an effective Godly revival and awakening will ensue. God is in charge and God's will be done.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy
Papers, please 0
Alabama's stay home order was issued today, 4-3-2020, to contain a virus; the announcement included a press conference during which the attorney general reminded us that the order was law and carried criminal penalties for failure to comply. Pestilence aside, the order grants permission for doing activities the state has no authority to grant, extending to so many essential activities that I wonder how it can contain a virus at all. It seems less an order to keep citizens within their homes, than a permission slip for authorities to stop and question them on sight. I just don't think this is what the founders had in mind. Papers, please.
The order follows; meat and potatoes are after the wherases:
The following is copied from the new orders by the State health Officer.
ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER
SUSPENDING CERTAIN PUBLIC GATHERINGS
DUE TO RISK OF INFECTION BY COVID-19
AMENDED APRIL 3, 2020
WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama; and
WHEREAS the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread
exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number
of people; and
WHEREAS the State Board of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a disease of
epidemic potential, a threat to the health and welfare of the public, or otherwise of public health
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, on recommendation of the State Health Officer, Kay
Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, declared a state public health emergency exists in the
State of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Jefferson County Health Officer, in response to a
rapidly growing number of cases of COVID-19 being detected in Jefferson County, issued an
order suspending certain public gatherings in that county; and
WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the State Health Officer issued a similar order for
counties surrounding Jefferson, including Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker
WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the State Health Officer issued an order, and on March
20, 2020, and March 27, 2020, amended orders, of statewide application suspending certain
public gatherings; and
WHEREAS further social distancing measures are necessary to be implemented on a
statewide basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS Ala. Code § 22-2-2(4) authorizes the State Health Officer, on behalf of the
State Board of Health, to direct that conditions prejudicial to health in public places within the
State be abated;
NOW THEREFORE, THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, it is ordered that the
following Stay at Home order be implemented statewide:
1. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered to stay at his or
her place of residence except as necessary to perform any of the following “essential activities”:
a. To obtain necessary supplies. A person may leave his or her place of residence to obtain
the following supplies for himself or herself, for other household members, including
pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not leave home or cannot care for
himself or herself:
(i) Food and other consumer goods necessary to maintain a person’s daily routine or
to maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence;
(ii) Supplies needed to work from home;
(iii) Pharmaceutical prescriptions or other medical supplies;
(iv) Fuel for automobiles or other vehicles or other vehicle supplies;
(v) Materials for distance learning or other education-related purposes; and
(vi) Any other supplies necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s daily routine or to
maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence.
b. To obtain or provide necessary services. A person may leave his or her place of
residence to obtain or provide the following services for himself or herself, for other
household members, including pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not
leave home or cannot care for himself or herself:
(i) Dental, medical, or surgical procedures allowed under paragraph 14 of this Order;
(ii) Government-funded services or benefits;
(iii) Automobile repair services;
(iv) Services vital to the treatment or care of people with physical, intellectual, or
developmental disabilities, or people with substance-use disorders;
(v) Services related to any public or private distance learning activities and education
continuity, including all services under education continuity plans approved by
the State Superintendent of Education; and
(vi) Any other services necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s health and safety or
to preserve the person’s ability to perform an essential activity as defined in this
c. To attend religious services. A person may leave his or her place of residence to attend
an event that is a religious worship service, wedding, or funeral in either of the following
(i) The event involves fewer than 10 people and the people maintain a consistent sixfoot
distance from one another; or
(ii) The event is a “drive-in” worship service that adheres to the following rules:
1. All participants shall remain in their vehicles for the entirety of the
2. The participants in each vehicle all share the same place of residence; and
3. Participants do not come within six feet of participants in other vehicles.
d. To take care of others. A person may leave his or her place of residence to care for a
family member, friend, or pet in another household, or to donate blood, or to transport
family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Order.
e. To work. A person may leave his or her place of residence to perform work at “essential
businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 below or to perform essential workrelated
activities as follows:
(i) Work-related activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment,
corporation or other organization, such as managing inventory, ensuring security,
and processing payroll and employee benefits;
(ii) Work-related activities to enable people to work or shop remotely from their
residences or to allow people to buy products through drive-by, curbside, or doorto-
door delivery; or
(iii) Work-related activities that do not require any regular interaction within six feet
of another person.
f. To engage in outdoor activity. A person may leave his or her place of residence to
participate in outdoor activity that involves fewer than 10 people so long as the person
maintains a consistent six-foot distance from other persons.
g. To seek shelter. A person may leave his or her place of residence to seek shelter if
required by his or her employment by an “essential service of business” or if his or her
residence is unsafe or at imminent risk of becoming unsafe. A person may also leave his
or her place of residence to seek help from providers of basic necessities to economically
disadvantaged people, such as food pantries.
h. To travel as required by law. A person may leave his or her place of residence to travel
as required by law enforcement or court order, including the transportation of children
required by a custody agreement.
i. To see family members. A person may leave his or her place of residence to visit the
residence of other persons who are related to him or her.
Anyone leaving his or her home or place of residence as authorized in this order shall take
reasonable steps to maintain six feet of separation from other persons.
2. For the purposes of this Order, “essential businesses and operations” means and
a. Government operations, including public safety and first responders, law enforcement,
fire prevention and response, courts and court personnel, military, emergency
management personnel, corrections, probation and parole, child protection, child welfare,
EMTs, 911 call-center employees, all workers and vendors that support law enforcement
and emergency management operations and services, and other federal, state, tribal, or
local officials or employees;
b. Health-care providers and caregivers, including physicians, dentists, mental health
workers, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, veterinarians, hospitals/clinics,
medical practices, research and laboratory operations, hospice, health care facilities,
clinical staff, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, adult day care centers,
blood banks, congregate-care facilities, assisted living facilities, elder care, medical
wholesale and distribution, home health workers and aides, medical supply and
equipment manufacturers and providers, medical waste disposal, hazardous waste
disposal, other ancillary healthcare services;
c. Infrastructure Operations, including electric, natural gas, and water utilities, nuclear
facilities and other generating facilities, utility poles and components, fuel pipelines and
transmission systems, petroleum producers, telecommunications, electronic security and
life safety services, wireless communication companies, communications sales and
customer support, telecommunication and data centers, cybersecurity operations;
businesses and other operations concerned with flood control, aviation, and the
maintenance, operation, or construction of dams, airports, ports, roads and highways, and
mass transit; automotive sales and repair, vehicle rental and taxi services, network
providers (such as Uber and Lyft), freight and passenger rail, motor carriers, pipelines,
and other transportation infrastructure and businesses, water and waste water systems,
transportation companies such as airlines and bus lines, hazardous waste disposal, hotels
and commercial lodging services, and RV parks;
d. Manufacturing facilities, including food processing and production; companies that
produce pharmaceuticals, food additives, medical equipment, medical devices and
supplies, technology, biotechnology, chemical products, telecommunications products;
automotive production and suppliers, airplane, ship, and space vehicle or rocket
manufacturers; companies involved in healthcare, energy, steel and steel products, fuel
and petroleum exploration and production, lubricants, greases and engine oils, mining,
national defense, sanitary and cleaning products, household products, personal care
products, products used by any other Essential Business or Operation;
e. Agricultural operations and farms, including food cultivation, livestock, cattle, poultry
and seafood operations, transportation of agricultural products, livestock auctions,
feedlots, dealers and brokers of livestock, farmer’s markets, feed stores, repairers and
suppliers of agricultural equipment, gas, diesel and petroleum suppliers, companies
involved with aquaculture, horticulture, and chemicals, including pesticide, herbicide,
and fertilizer producers and distributors, forest products businesses, including those
involved in forestry operations, logging, manufacture of lumber and paper products; meat
processing facilities, rendering facilities and transporters, feed processing facilities,
f. Essential retailers, defined as all supermarkets, food and beverage stores, including
liquor stores and warehouse clubs, food providers, convenience stores, office-supply
stores, bookstores, computer stores, pharmacies, health care supply stores, hardware
stores, home improvement stores, building materials stores, stores that sell electrical,
plumbing, and heating materials, gun stores, gas stations; auto, farm equipment, bicycle,
motorcycle, and boat supply and repair stores, and businesses that ship or deliver
groceries, food, and goods directly to residences;
g. Restaurants and bars;
h. Essential personal services, defined as trash collection, mail and shipping services,
home repair, automotive sales and repair; warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers,
kennels, animal shelters, laundromats/laundry service, drycleaners, childcare facilities,
public transportation, and providers of business services including security and payroll;
funeral, cemetery, and related services;
i. Media operations, including newspapers, digital news sites, television, radio and other
j. Education operations, including educators supporting public and private K-12 schools,
colleges and universities or other educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating
distance learning and education continuity plans approved by the State Superintendent of
Education, performing critical research or other essential functions, including public
schools preparing and transporting distance-learning materials and meals to eligible
students and colleges providing lodging for students (all in compliance with paragraph 12
k. Financial services, including banks and related financial institutions, credit unions,
payday lenders, businesses that process credit card and other financial transactions, and
other services related to financial markets;
l. Professional Services, including legal services, accounting services, insurance services,
real estate services (including appraisal and title services);
m. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including
businesses, religious and secular non-profit organizations, food banks, homeless shelters
and congregate-care facilities;
n. Construction and construction-related services, including building and construction,
lumber, building materials and hardware businesses, electricians, plumbers, other
construction tradesmen and tradeswomen, exterminators; cleaning and janitorial,
HVACR and water heating businesses; painting, moving and relocating services, other
skilled trades, and other related construction firms and professionals for maintaining
o. Essential public services, defined as services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation
and essential operations of residences and essential businesses and essential business
operations, including law enforcement, fire prevention and response, firearm and
ammunition manufacturers and retailers, building code enforcement, security, emergency
management and response, building cleaning including disinfection, automotive sales and
repair, mortuaries and cemeteries;
p. Military or defense operations, including employers and personnel who support the
essential products and services required to meet national security commitments, including
personnel working for companies and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to
the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of
Defense and government-owned/contractor-operated and governmentowned/
q. Essential services or product providers, defined as vendors that provide services or
products, including logistics, transportation, and technology support, child care programs
and services, medical waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal, services needed to ensure
the continuing operation of an essential business or operation, operation of government
agencies, and to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public;
r. Religious entities, including religious and faith-based facilities, entities and groups;
s. Federally-designated critical infrastructure, defined as workers and related industries
identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA) in its “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response,” https://www.cisa.gov/identifyingcritical-
infrastructure-during-covid-19, as may be amended;
t. Other state-designated essential businesses and operations, defined as businesses and
operations deemed essential by the Alabama Department of Public Health or the Alabama
Emergency Management Agency; and
u. Support operations for essential businesses and operations, defined as employees,
contractors, agents, suppliers, or vendors of an essential business or operation as defined
in this paragraph.
3. Operators of “essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 may, but
need not, issue credentials to their employees verifying their status as an employee of an
essential business or operation. The decision to provide any such credentials is left to the
discretion of the essential business or operation.
4. “Essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 shall take all
reasonable steps, for employees and customers, to (a) avoid gatherings of 10 persons or more and
(b) maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons.
5. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., the following businesses, venues, and
activities shall be closed to non-employees or not take place:
a. Entertainment venues as follows:
(i) Night clubs
(ii) Bowling alleys
(iv) Concert venues
(v) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
(vi) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
(viii) Indoor children’s play areas
(ix) Adult entertainment venues
(x) Adult novelty stores
(xii) Bingo halls
(xiii) Venues operated by social clubs
b. Athletic facilities and activities as follows:
(i) Fitness centers and commercial gyms
(ii) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
(iii) Yoga, barre, and spin facilities
(iv) Spectator sports
(v) Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
(vi) Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
(vii) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
c. Close-contact service providers as follows:
(i) Barber shops
(ii) Hair salons
(iii) Waxing salons
(iv) Threading salons
(v) Nail salons and spas
(vi) Body art facilities and tattoo services
(vii) Tanning salons
(viii) Massage therapy establishments and services
6. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all “essential retailers” as defined in
paragraph 2, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and “big box” stores, shall comply with the
following rules in addition to any other applicable provisions of this Order:
a. Emergency maximum occupancy rate. Occupancy shall be limited to no more than 50
percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal. This
“emergency maximum occupancy rate” shall be posted in a conspicuous place, and
enough staff shall be posted at the store entrances and exits to enforce this requirement.
b. Social distancing. An employee of the essential retailer place may not knowingly allow
customers or patrons to congregate within six feet of one another.
c. Sanitation. The essential retailer shall take reasonable steps to comply with guidelines on
sanitation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama
Department of Public Health.
7. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Order, a business may continue to operate
through curbside pickup, delivery, remotely, or any other method that does not involve a
customer entering its building, provided that the business takes all reasonable steps to ensure a
consistent six-foot distance between persons.
8. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons
or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot
distance between persons, are prohibited.
9. Effective immediately, any person who has tested positive for COVID-19—other than
institutionalized persons—shall be quarantined to their place of residence for a period of 14 days
after receiving positive test results. Any person quarantined pursuant to this provision shall not
leave their place of residence for any reason other than to seek necessary medical treatment.
Any person requiring assistance while under quarantine may contact Alabama Voluntary
Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), http://alvoad.communityos.org/cms/. While under
quarantine, the person must shall take precautions as directed by his or her health care provider
or the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
10. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all beaches shall be closed. For purposes of
this section, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico,
whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
11. Effective, March 20, 2020, all regular programs at Senior Citizen Centers shall be
ended except that Senior Citizen Centers and their partners are urged to assure that their clients
continue to receive needed meals via curbside pick-up or delivery.
12. Effective March 20, 2020, the following shall be closed:
a. In-person instruction or classes at all schools, public and private, including but not
limited to: elementary, secondary, postsecondary, technical, or specialty schools, and colleges
(i) This order is not intended to prevent any employers from making continued
necessary staffing decisions. Employers are authorized to advise employees to work
from home or maintain flexible work schedules. If working from home is not feasible,
the employee should practice social distancing, maintaining consistent six-foot distance
between persons, for the duration of this order and follow public health guidelines.
(ii) This order shall not apply to daytime special activities programs provided by
local boards of education for children, ages 6 through 12 as of March 13, 2020, of first
responders (including EMS and fire services) and licensed health-care providers and their
essential employees; and essential employees of the following categories of employers:
state and local governments, law enforcement, hospitals, nursing home/long-term care
facilities, (including assisted living and specialty-care assisted living facilities), end-stage
renal disease treatment centers, pharmacies, and grocery stores. In these special activities
programs, 12 or more children shall not be allowed in any one room at the same time, and
operators of these programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices
consistent with guidance from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
b. Facilities providing child day care, including any child day care facility described
in Ala. Code § 38-7-2, at which 12 or more children are in a room or other enclosed space at the
same time. Center employees are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation and social-distancing
practices consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
Alabama Department of Public Health. This Order does not change the Minimum Standards for
Day Care promulgated by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, except that 12 or more
children shall not be allowed in a room or other enclosed space at the same time.
13. Effective March 20, 2020, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care
Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit
visitation of all visitors, as defined by the facility, and non-essential health care personnel, except
for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
14. Effective March 28, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., all dental, medical, or surgical procedures
shall be postponed until further notice, subject to the following exceptions:
a. Dental, medical, or surgical procedures necessary to treat an emergency medical
condition. For purposes of this order, “emergency medical condition” is defined as a medical
condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain,
psychiatric disturbances, and/or symptoms of substance abuse) such that the absence of
immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected by a person’s licensed medical
provider to result in placing the health of the person in serious jeopardy or causing serious
impairment to bodily functions or serious dysfunction of bodily organs.
b. Dental, medical, or surgical procedures necessary to avoid serious harm from an
underlying condition or disease, or necessary as part of a patient’s ongoing and active treatment.
15. Effective March 19, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all restaurants, bars, breweries, or similar
establishments shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink.
a. Such establishments may continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided
the social distancing protocols, including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between
persons, are followed.
b. Such establishments are strongly encouraged to offer online ordering and curbside
pick-up of food.
c. Hospital food service areas are excluded from this order provided they have their
own social distancing plan.
16. This Order shall remain in full force and effect until 5:00 P.M. on April 30, 2020.
Prior to 5:00 P.M. on April 30, 2020, a determination shall be made whether to extend this
Order—or, if circumstances permit, to relax this Order.
17. This Order supersedes and preempts all orders previously issued by the State Health
Officer and Jefferson and Mobile County Health Officers concerning COVID-19 mitigation
measures, and this Order shall remain in full force and effect until rescinded by order of the State
Health Officer or its expiration. After the date this order is issued, the Jefferson and Mobile
County Health Officers are authorized, after approval by the State Health Officer, to implement
more stringent measures as local circumstances require.
This Order also supersedes and preempts any county and municipal orders or ordinances,
whenever adopted, that purport to impose less stringent COVID-19-related curfew or quarantine
Done on this 3rd day of April, 2020.
Scott Harris, M.D., M.P.H.
State Health Officer
- Catherine Schmid Murphy
Jesus, the only essential 0
God is real and He loves YOU. He sent His only Son to save us. We are under curfew, business is ordered closed, people ordered to stay in their homes except for essential travel; there is pestilence and people are afraid. Pastors are being arrested for having church, deemed non-essential, when Jesus is the only essential. This is not North Korea, Communist China or Nazi Germany. This is March 31, 2020 in the United States of America. Neil took this last Sunday and we thought you should know this: Jesus is the only essential. Talk with Him. He is with you all the time. He loves you. Learn about Him by reading The Bible. God bless you all and keep His hand over you. Be a help to others as best you can. Pass Jesus on to everyone.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy
We are going to church tomorrow 0
Thought for today : Stand
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We are going to church tomorrow.
It is what we can do.
It is our choice, our privilege, our right.
We have prayed and spoken out and left things in God's hands.
We have done what we can do. It is time to stand.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy