Where’s the care for the congregation?
For someone claiming to be a pastor, James Coates seems to know little about how to be a caring shepherd who looks after their ‘sheep’. For one thing, he has a responsibility to care for them through a stressful time like a pandemic. Exposing them (especially the high-risk people in his congregation) to a potentially fatal virus is not caring. It certainly isn’t professional or compassionate or responsible either.
If anything, his childlike defiance of AHS restrictions and advice is infantile. His ignorant and misguided behaviour puts people in harm’s way and for the good of his congregation and wider community, he should stay in jail until the pandemic passes and restrictions ease.
Michael K. Jones, Calgary
Can’t faith be worshipped alone?
I find it so very sad that these folks, who profess to be good Christians, who presumably care for and love their fellow humans deliberately choose to defy reasonable and safe guidelines meant to ensure the safety and health of all of us.
Is their faith so weak, so shallow, so meaningless that the only way they can maintain it is to gather together and pray? That their faith requires some physical structure, some person who stands before them and tells them what their faith must be, seems a demonstration of their less than strong belief in that faith.
Can they not just stand quietly and alone in some gentle place, both physically and mentally, and say their prayers for the safety of themselves, their families and friends and all their fellow travellers on this journey?
Gary S. Huyck, Carstairs
Address the underlying issue
Re: Collapse of power grid in Texas a wake-up call for Alberta, Opinion, Feb. 19
The power grid failure in Texas represents a system and regulatory failure. Danielle Smith’s attempt to use it to attack the transition to renewable energy is a fabric of mistruths and fear-mongering.
Recognizing the need for an energy transition is not the same as imposing one tomorrow. The power system and regulatory environment in Alberta would also avoid such a system failure as seen in Texas; for a start, we are winterized and connected to a wider grid from which we can source power.
There are lessons for Alberta that Smith could have proposed. Firstly, be prepared. If COVID is insufficient demonstration of the importance of being prepared, then Texas adds additional evidence. Secondly, the Texas situation was precipitated by an unusual deep southerly dip in the jet stream; this is almost certainly related to climate change. If Smith wants to avoid future such situations then the only way is to address the climate causes, not pretending that we can stay on fossil fuels forever.
Geoffrey King, Calgary