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July 13, 2020

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Dear Steve Powers,
THANK YOU for being a good American and upholding the U.S. Constitution!
The 1st amendment clearly states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The vast majority off Salem residents are behind you.
God bless and keep you!

I really want to see what the reaction of the proponents of freedom of religion would be if people of minority faiths held such gatherings without permit.

The City has changed it story about why the reservation and sound permit for Salem Awakening 2020, which plans to go on nightly until September, was cancelled. First they said it had to do with COVID-19 health concerns and the need for the City to have paid employees do "social monitoring" at the event. Then yesterday in an email to Susann Kaltwasser the City Manager said "the City can't prohibit groups based on a group's speech or political statement." Which is it Mr. Manager? This smells bad. Meanwhile, if this goes on until September, many people will get sick and some people will die. Idiocy. This is just one example of why the pandemic is raging in the US when other more civilized countries have managed to tamp it down. I'm also disappointed in our Governor exempting indoor church services from her latest ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10. What's that about? Very foolish. The People's Church and other churches in Salem will continue the community spread of the virus.

All I can say is "God's favor".

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