Who’s to Blame? : Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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18 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Thank you, Duane.
    This needed to be said and shared…

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    We all have our political views, but at this time we need to be Church, first and foremost…

  3. Xenia@Home says:

    This is a wonderful article, Duane.

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks. My wife and I now say the Phos Hilarion each evening as we light the candle in a lampada in the “beautiful corner” followed by a prayer for individuals we know who have contracted the virus…

  5. Xenia@Home says:

    “Gladsome Light”

    Bishop Irenei of England is giving talks several times a week that are very helpful.

    Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe, Russian Orthodox Church Abroad


  6. Erunner says:

    Those were encouaging words. Thank you Duane.

  7. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Thank you Duane. I have been pretty political since this president has been in office. But I totally agree, now is not the time to assign blame. Now is the time for prayer and reflection, as you wrote. And love, as we as believers are called to walk in always. In my community, there has been a Facebook group established for people in our city to both seek and offer help to their neighbors. It’s wonderful to behold. May God keep all who read this blog and their families safe and well.

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks!

  9. Jean says:

    It’s interesting, but encouraging to hear, from people who I never would have guessed are pious, and perhaps many of them are not religious at all, but a consistent message I am hearing from health professionals and politicians who actually get it, is that the mitigation efforts we are being asked to engage in during this pandemic, many of which no doubt are cramping or style, are “for the benefit of our neighbor.” We are being asked to suffer the inconvenience of “stay home” for the benefit of the vulnerable in our midst.

    What is regrettable is that this message of love for the least of us is not the public message of America’s Christian thought leaders, who are more concerned with political stunts and fighting against the government, but it is the message of people who do not lead with their religiousity, so we don’t even know whom or what they worship. Thus, we are shamed

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    God bless you and your community… the time for politics will come again, but now we have other concerns.

  11. Duane Arnold says:


    I agree. The Falwells of this world have brought shame… not honor.

  12. bob1 says:


    I certainly don’t consider “America’s Christian thought leaders” to be that. In fact, I’d say those folks that you referenced are NOT our Xn thought leaders. There are plenty of other folks, good pastors and theologians, whom are muc wiser. They just don’t get the media attention.

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    Maybe that is part of the lesson to be learned…

  14. Em says:

    Yes, what bob1 just said above !

  15. This is may be a strategic failure all around the world, from the federal levels down to states, municipalities and individuals. Australia did it right in 1918 to close the continent and when the influenza finely arrived, it had mutated into a less lethal form, saving them from what the rest of the world suffered. But that’s a story in the past.

    There are certainly more than enough tactical failures around the world to which to assign blame, yet that’s missing the big picture. Hopefully, all levels can come together after this is past to formulate a stronger preparedness plan. Working through the political, cultural, and bureaucratic inertia will be difficult, yet it needs to be done.

  16. My former boss, who turned me onto reading The Great Influenza a decade ago, has been pouring over the CDC page and he told me this morning (by phone) that their mask recommendations are incomprehensible. He posited that part of it may be due to not wanting liability. I said that it sounded like it was made for professionals like our health and safety prefessionals to summarize and communicate to “civilians.” He said that even our professionals would have a hard time of it. We have chem labs, and we’re not ignorant of these things. We know about radiation, chemicals, SDSes, appropriate PPE, emergency response (I used to be an ERT). We have to in our jobs. I said that they should have a comprehensive chart which shows which mask protects against which chemical and particles, down to the nanometer. Easy to understand for lay people. He said, “that’s how an engineer thinks.”

  17. Linnea says:

    A good word, Duane! I’m finding politics will use us and leave us spent, but the Lord and his love never will. Saw this post from a cousin on Facebook. There’s a lot of wisdom here: https://www.wildrevelation.com/coronavirus-quarantine-advice-from-a-cloistered-nun/

  18. Duane Arnold says:


    This time of self-isolation has lessons for us to learn…

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