When the pandemic hit the shores of the U.S., when non-essential businesses were ordered to close and mask mandates became widespread around the nation, I rebelled a bit against the restrictions. However at the time, I had no idea of the scope of this pandemic, no idea that some 16 months later we would still be in dire circumstances. As I saw the new cases skyrocketing, saw the death toll rise to more than a thousand people a day, I made a conscious decision to stay out of public venues to the largest extent possible, and to dutifully wear a mask when I couldn’t avoid being in a public place. I may be stubborn, but I’m not stupid! Other folk, however, might just qualify as being a special kind of stupid and it annoys the hell out of me that they have so little regard for anyone, even their own children!
The Catholics vs the lives of children
I thought I had heard every excuse in the book for not wearing a mask. They are all bullshit, for if I can wear a mask when out in public, I with severe breathing problems, then almost anybody can. But those who choose not to don’t even claim to have health issues, they simply don’t want to and they view civil rights as basically being … whatever they want to do. They are disgusting and crude, but I’ve gotten used to it and usually just tune them out or flip them a middle finger. But it turns out that no, I hadn’t heard the worst of it.
Resurrection School, a Catholic school in Lansing, Michigan, and two parents are suing the State of Michigan for a mask mandate that was in effect for schools last year when they first filed the lawsuit. The mask mandate, of course, was put in place in order to keep children, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends safe from the coronavirus. But the Catholic school and parents argue that Catholic doctrine holds that every person is made in God’s image …
“Unfortunately, a mask shields our humanity. And because God created us in His image, we are masking that image.”
OH For Pete’s Sake!!!
The school’s lawsuit argued that in addition to physically blocking God’s image, face coverings make people anti-social and interfere with relationships. In addition, the school argued, wearing masks “conveys the message that the wearer has surrendered his or her freedom to the government.”
In December, Judge Paul Maloney of the Western District of Michigan denied the school’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have banned enforcement of the state’s mask ordinance for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at religious schools. Resurrection School notified the court of its intention to appeal two days later, court records show. That appeal was heard last week, but as of yet no verdict has been handed down. Surely no court in their right mind would put a church’s vanity over the lives of the children! Stay tuned …
Humans. Bah humbug! Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile. Tell them they have the right to free speech and they will tell lie after lie after lie under the protective dome of the 1st Amendment. Tell them they have the right to ‘bear arms’ so long as it is as a part of a well-organized militia, not some ragtag group of uneducated bozos, and they will demand that they be allowed to carry assault rifles, grenade launchers and any weapon known to mankind. Tell them they have a right to free choice, and they will thumb their nose at you, will demand the right to kill their own children in the name of ‘freedom from being forced to be vaccinated or wear a mask’.
I treasure my constitutional rights, but I am not so stupid or unconscionable to try to assume they give me the right to do whatever the Sam Hell I want to, no matter who it puts in the path of danger. See … I have this thing in my head called a brain, and some days it even kicks into gear and produces coherent thought processes! Sadly, my late-ex-husband hit the nail on the head when he said that some people, when they were giving out brains, thought they said, ‘trains’ and answered, “No thank you”.
This seems to be the case with those who seem to believe they are immune to the ravages of the COVID pandemic. In France, President Emmanuel Macron has put into place a mandate that people must show a “health pass”, similar to a vaccine passport being discussed here in the U.S. The health pass would be required to show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus when entering cinemas, theaters, museums, restaurants, long train trips, bars and planes. The French people are whining that the President is taking on powers with dictatorial overtones that crush basic freedoms. Bullshit! Connerie!
Here in the U.S., people are whining over everything everywhere. They don’t want to have to be vaccinated, don’t want to have to show proof of being vaccinated, don’t want to wear a mask … wah wah wah. Big bunch ‘o babies! EVEN people in the healthcare industry! Wouldn’t you think they would know better??? How the hell are they going to convince the populace to be vaccinated when they themselves are refusing???
Some areas are moving into a region of sanity. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and the State of California (CA) have made the vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers in their areas. It only makes sense! Do you really want to visit the doctor, knowing that his nurse and maybe even himself are walking covid breeders?
And at a time you might expect churches to take the high road, for the most part they have lowered the bar. Churches have argued against forced closing back when all but the most essential services were shuttered. And now, some are arguing against protecting their congregation by the requirement to limit attendance and wear masks. One pastor, Greg Locke, says that mask-wearing is forbidden in his church and anyone entering wearing a mask will be ‘thrown out’. He claims to be standing up for people’s ‘rights’. Wait a minute … doesn’t forbidding the wearing of masks intrude on the rights of those who wish to protect themselves by wearing a mask? Think on that one a minute!
Rights, folks. Many people aren’t understanding them. With rights come the responsibility of ensuring you use those rights wisely. Your rights end at the point they step on mine or somebody else’s. Rights. They are enumerated in the U.S. Constitution … I would suggest it be on the mandatory reading list for every single person over the age of 12 in the U.S. Read it, think about it, then tell me that you have a right to come into a restaurant, unvaccinated and sans mask with the pandemic once again skyrocketing in certain areas.
And then there is Basilico’s Pasta e Vino restaurant in Huntington Beach, California …
When restaurants across California halted indoor dining as the pandemic took hold in March 2020, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach continued to welcome patrons.
When officials issued an order for establishments to mandate face coverings to stem the spread of the virus, the Orange County eatery declared itself a mask-free zone and required that diners remove them before entering.
This week, the Italian restaurant issued another decree: Proof of being unvaccinated is required for entry.
We have seen a lot of ignorance, a lot of blatant stupidity, a lot of cruelty since the start of the pandemic, but … this one takes the cake. I would love to see this restaurant shut down by the Department of Public Health and told never to re-open their doors again.