Letter from the Publisher

With the Coronavirus dominating the news cycles, it has been a crazy six weeks. So many of our small businesses are shouldering the burden of our nationwide shutdown. Unemployment has skyrocketed, and I anticipate that very soon, we will see countless business foreclosures. In my opinion, none of this was necessary; our nation’s pain is something we brought upon ourselves.

When all of this started, the so-called experts were predicting over two million deaths in the United States. Yet as time progressed, these projections lowered and lowered.  As I write this letter, on April 14, the latest death toll stands at 25,162.

The latest models have been revised to project a dramatically lower number – a total of 60,400 U.S. deaths by August, forecasting the peak of those deaths on April 12 (instead of April 16, as previously projected). Some models are even predicting as few as 35,000 deaths. These models projecting lower and lower COVID-related deaths.

While every death is tragic and sad, let’s try to keep this in perspective. The CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illnesses in the United States each year. In bad flu seasons, we experience many more deaths.

In 2018, there were 48,344 recorded suicides, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In 2019, an estimated 606,880 people will die of cancer in the United States. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year.

For the first time that I can ever recall, churches were forbidden to hold services in most cities. Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer went even further. On Holy Thursday, the mayor threatened church members and pastors to not hold a drive-in Easter service. Fischer’s warning read as follows:

“We are not allowing churches to gather either in person or in any kind of drive-through capacity… if you are a church or you are a churchgoing member, and you do that, you’re in violation of the mandate from the governor, you’re in violation of the request from my office and city government to not do that. We’re saying no church worshiping, no drive-throughs.”

The same day, the Mayor’s spokesperson said he would use the police to deter and disburse drive-in religious gatherings:

“Louisville Metro Police have been proactive about reaching out to those we’ve heard about and discouraging organizers from proceeding.”

Are we so willing to give up our God given liberties over a pandemic that hasn’t even killed as many people as the flu does on an annual basis? Is it worth destroying so many businesses, families and communities? As I drive through Katy, I wonder how many businesses in these strip centers will never reopen.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.