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A group of longterm-care residents at a nursing home in Greeley, Colorado, protested outside their residence last week in opposition to lingering state lockdown restrictions that keep them from having physical contact with their loved ones.

Approximately 20 residents, many in wheelchairs, gathered outside Fairacres Manor on Thursday, according to CBS4 Denver. Some of the handwritten signs they held read, “Prisoners in our own home” and “Give us freedom.”

One resident’s sign stated simply that she would rather die from COVID-19 than loneliness.

The Fairacres Resident Council organized the event, according to CBS4. Resident Council President Sharon Peterson told the outlet, “We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore. Fairacres follows the rules and, with that, we think they would keep us safe while being able to be with our families again.”

“We did this because one thing we have to look forward to is a simple hug,” Peterson added. “It gives us meaning.”

Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at Fairacres Manor, explained to CBS4 that while residents are allowed visitors, they are not permitted to have physical contact and must maintain a six-foot distance.

“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” Gonzales said.

A day after the protest, Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement:

We absolutely understand how difficult it has been for residents of residential care facilities and their families. Social interaction is essential to physical and mental health, and so we have provided guidance to residential care facilities that allows for that interaction while also keeping residents safe from COVID-19. Restrictions have been in place previously, but residents are now able to visit loved ones both indoors and outdoors. In addition, we are doing everything possible to help long-term care facilities mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by working directly with facilities on proper infection control practices that have been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Even before the COVID-19 lockdowns, loneliness has been increasing among older Americans in recent years. According to a 2018 AARP survey entitled “Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older,” about one-third of the more than 3,000 midlife and older Americans surveyed reported feeling lonely.

Older people are not the only ones reporting mental anguish amid the lingering lockdowns. Members of Generation Z, which was already “the loneliest generation,” according to a 2018 Cigna study, have reported staggering rates of suicidal ideation in recent months. According to a CDC survey done during the summer, more than a quarter of those surveyed between the ages of 18-24 had “seriously considered” killing themselves during a 30-day period.

Author: Jon Brown

Source: Daily Wire: ‘Rather Die From COVID Than Loneliness’: Seniors Protest Lockdowns Outside Of Colorado Nursing Home

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed during an interview on her new podcast last week that young people are leaving Christianity because it has become too “judgmental” and “alienating.”

Speaking with pastor and social justice advocate William J. Barber II, who heads Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Clinton also asserted that Black Lives Matter is “a theological statement” and urged the American church to “take a hard look at itself and try to figure out how it can be a real partner in this moment of moral awakening.”

Barber was a guest on “You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton,” the failed presidential candidate’s latest project that sets out to offer “astute, nuanced” takes on current issues with guests such as failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and feminist Gloria Steinem, among others.

Barber, who organized the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, co-chairs the Poor People’s Campaign, and wrote a new book, titled “We Are Called to Be a Movement,” spoke to Clinton about his life and what he believes the role of the church should be in the strife afflicting the country.

“Well, let’s prosecute the case a little bit and do a little theology and admit from at least Western culture and American culture, we have two great problems that have affected and infected theology in a bad way,” Barber said at one point. “And that is the genocide of First Nations people and the enslavement of African Americans that were all rooted in racism and interestingly enough, the exclusion and oppression of women.”

Referencing something one of his professors told him, Barber said, “To be a Christian—to be born again, sprinkle whatever you call it—and to claim the Holy Spirit, is to have a quarrel with the world’s systems of injustice. And if whatever you claim you have doesn’t produce a quarrel with injustice, then your claim of it being the Spirit with the big S is suspect.”

Clinton agreed, adding, “When you think about the very deliberate, concerted effort by one political party to basically try to own Christianity and it overlooks the role of the African American church, it overlooks, as you say, a lot of theology, a lot of history. It also overlooks this moment in time. You know, Black Lives Matter I view as you know very profoundly as a theological statement.”

Clinton then wondered aloud if the country is headed toward “the moral reckoning that has been distorted and perverted and postponed for so long,” prompting Barber to predict “a third Reconstruction.”

“Every generation has their moment,” Barber said. “We’ve had two reconstructions, one between 1868 and 1896. And then we had the second reconstruction, 1954 to 1968. And I think America needs a third Reconstruction. I think this is the birth pains of it.”

Clinton, a Methodist, later asked Barber what the church should be doing differently, given that a lot of young people are leaving it, a statistic she blamed on judgmental attitudes.

“A lot of young people are leaving the church, in part because the way they understand what Christianity has become is, you know, so judgmental, so alienating that they think to themselves, well, I don’t need that. I don’t want to be part of that. So this should also be a time for the church to take a hard look at itself and try to figure out how it can be a real partner in this moment of moral awakening,” she said.

“Young people are very open to faith that is about transformation, about love, about justice, about equality, about the essence, the essence of what it means to be people of faith,” Barber responded. “And I think we have to be engaged. There’s no way in the days in which we live the church can stay quarantined inside of the four walls of a building because that’s never what it was intended to do.”

Author: Jon Brown

Source: Daily Wire: Hillary Clinton Claims Black Lives Matter ‘A Theological Statement,’ Young People Leaving Christianity Because It’s Too ‘Judgmental’

Disney confirmed its cartoon about a teenage girl who takes up witchcraft after stumbling into the demon realm is the first to feature a lead character who is bisexual.

The protagonist of “The Owl House” is 14-year-old Dominican-American girl Luz Noceda, who reportedly expressed interest in male characters at some point but has since expressed interest in females, according to several sources. The show is about Noceda’s adventure in becoming a witch, despite having no magical powers.

Show creator Dana Terrace, whose pinned tweet as of Monday is “Anyway, be gay do witchcraft,” said she has long had the intention to feature queer children in the cast of the show, and used a recent episode about Luz going to prom as reveal the character’s sexuality. Terrace identifies as bisexual.

“In dev I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast,” she tweeted. “I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard haha. When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel.”

“I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership,” she added.

Spencer Wan, who was a former animation supervisor for the show, tweeted the original storyboard for the dance scene between Luz and Amity, writing that it was his “first time getting to do anything even remotely queer.”

“The storyboards for the dance,” he wrote. “This was a collaboration between Hayley Foster and myself. At some point I got carried away and timed it to Veo Lu Sluice by Kumi Tanioka. This was my first time getting to do anything even remotely queer, and I’ve never been prouder of any board.”

PFLAG National lauded the bisexual cartoon, tweeting, “#VisibilityMatters. And we love hearing this about our friends at @Disney.”

As The Daily Wire reported, Disney’s Pixar broke new ground in March when their film “Onward” became the first animated Disney feature to star an openly LGBTQ character:

The character, voiced by Lena Waithe, will be a lesbian police officer whose sexuality will be explicitly pointed out in the movie as opposed to just being implied, such as the alleged lesbian couple in “Finding Dory” or the “exclusively gay moment” in the “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake.

Other children’s shows are featuring LGBTQ characters, such as the Netflix series “The Baby-Sitters Club,” which features a 9-year-old trans child named Bailey.

“When Bailey comes down with a fever, Mary Anne rushes her to the hospital, where two doctors misgender her,” one of the tweets from Netflix read. “Mary Anne firmly corrects them. Misgendering is traumatic. This is one of the baseline ways cisgender people can show up for the trans people in their life[.]”

Author: Jon Brown

Source: Daily Wire: Disney Confirms Character In Cartoon About Witchcraft Is Bisexual

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