A Baton Rouge-area minister has been arrested for violating the stay-at-home order of Gov. John Bel Edwards by continuing to hold services at his church but he has several options open to him to circumvent the governor’s order.

Pastor Howe Dewey Connem of the Church of the Living Waters in Plunkerville says his First Amendment rights are being violated by the prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people. He normally attracts upwards of a thousand or more (many more, if Donald Trump is counting heads) to his performances sermons.

Besides, if the governor is successful in reducing attendance, there’s a good chance that Rev. Connem might not get members to pledge their $1200 federal stimulus payments ($500 per child—and a lot of members have kids) to his church before they spend the money on frivolous things like food, utilities, rent, etc.

“I find it ironic that they are trying to nail me to the cross right here at Easter,” Rev. Connem said.

On Tuesday, a similar incident occurred when Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran CITED the Pastor Tony Spell of Central’s Life Tabernacle Church on six counts, saying Rev. Spell “will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community.”

We don’t know about Rev. Spell but don’t count Rev. Connem out too quickly. He’s got several aces up his sleeve—not that he’s a gambling man, mind you, though he doesn’t seem to mind gambling with the health of his parishioners or his community.

First of all, he’s going go have U.S. Rep. CLAY HIGGINS file a bill in Congress to exempt Living Waters from the governor’s order because—well, because Higgins is such a stand-up man of faith and paragon of virtue so, why not? The bill will have as co-authors Rep. Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, and Lindsey Graham and in the Senate, John Kennedy and Mitch McConnell will lead the fight for passage.

Once the bill is passed and signed by Trump, the Great Orange himself will fly into Ryan Airport and take the short drive to Living Waters where he will take his place on the front pew. “Religion is a big part of my life,” Trump said, adding that he will brush up on Two Corinthians before visiting with Brother Dewey. “Religion is, like, a big, really big…I don’t know if you know this, but church is a part of religion and evangelicals helped me win the popular vote and I’m very popular with religious people, the polls show it, bigger numbers than any president in history. Religious people like to play golf at my resorts, the religious people who can afford it, that is, and I love to play bingo at the Baptist churches. Obama was a Muslim, everyone knows, but I’m probably the most tolerant person in the world,” the President said.

The second tactic to be employed will be bringing in students from BETHEL CHURCH in Redding, California to lay hands on all those Mardi Gras revelers who have come down with COVID-19 so that they may be healed.

It is anticipated that a large number of the Bethel members will converge on Baton Rouge to do the work of Living Waters since Bethel itself has suspended its faith healing rituals at local hospitals in California. No reason has been given for the suspension but heaven forbid that it’s over concern that the faith healers themselves might become infected.

Third on Preacher Howe Dewey Connem’s to-do list is to bring televangelist KENNETH COPELAND to Living Waters to do his thing, which is to repeat his demand that the coronavirus pandemic is officially over. [Actually, what Copeland did was to “execute judgment” on COVID-19 and to (gasp!) call the virus “doggone!” Copeland also said, “It is finished!” (where have we heard that before?)]

And just for good measure, students from Jerry Falwell Jr.’s LIBERTY UNIVERSITY are coming down here on a special mission. Pastor Connem will deploy his two dozen or so buses to transport the students throughout the Baton Rouge area recruiting anyone with the sniffles, sneezes, fever, or a cough to bring them back to Living Waters to demonstrate the healing powers of defiance of authority and common sense.

“I don’t mind being criticized. I’ll never, ever complain.”

—Donald Trump on CNN, September 24, 2015.


“After this election I’m  going to sue every liar who said something bad about me. There won’t be a newspaper left in this country when I’m through with them. And these lying women, these bimbos, I will destroy them.”

—Donald Trump, October 22, 2016.

“President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing, Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of The Bachelor. Numbers are continuing to rise.

“On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watch Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielson—Monday Night Football numbers. Millions more are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC, and online streaming sites and the audience is expanding. On Monday Fox News alone, attracted 6.2 million viewers for president’s briefing—an astounding number for a 6 p.m. cable broadcast, more akin to the viewership for a popular prime time sitcom.”

DONALD TRUMP TWEETS [inappropriate on so many levels], of March 30, even as Americans were dying of the coronavirus. [If any doubts existed that everything’s all about him, they were laid to rest with these tweets.]


“I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the [inspector general] to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause, Article II, section 3.”

—Donald Trump, on Friday after signing the coronavirus aid bill as he sought to assert presidential authority over the Office of Inspector General, which is supposed to be independent and which is supposed to provide oversight into how the $400 billion is to be spent on corporate relief. Trump, in turn, said on Friday that he would be consulting with Wall Street executives to make some of the decisions. What could possibly go wrong?

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.”

—More governing by tweet by Donald Trump, Aug. 23, 2019. [While there is unquestionable merit to his concern over China’s stealing intellectual property from the U.S., mandating change by tweet is certainly no way to run a railroad. We do, after all, still live in a free democracy—not an autocracy.]

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