Janet Levatin, MD, HMC, Holistic pediatrician
In these times of mask mandates, saying no to unwanted mask usage has become difficult.
If you say no to vaccines, or chemotherapy, or statin drugs… or any medical procedure or intervention you don’t agree to… no one knows as you walk down the street or browse in a shop; as you go to school or enjoy a day at the beach; or as you attend a movie, play, or concert. It is your private business unless you choose to share it with others.
If people knew you had not received vaccines or were a full-fledged “anti-vaxxer,” a lot of hatred would probably be directed at you. While there are many who are aware of the dangers associated with vaccines, there are still many who buy into the party line that vaccines are safe and effective and, further, that it is everyone’s duty to society to be vaccinated. After all, it’s not only for YOUR health, but also the for health and safety of others (or so they would have us believe).
Mask orders and mandates have completely changed these dynamics. You may be one of the people who knows there is no science documenting that healthy people wearing masks does anything to stop the spread of viruses. You may even know that wearing masks can increase or induce a variety of medical and psychological problems. (reference: https://themodelhealthshow.com/maskfacts?fbclid=IwAR0wmbIryUm9IBEZgFBJkUgdNaEYPHMfROU1A8liTSxKmXAbM6wVQfeT4P0 (reference: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/07/19/are-face-masks-effective.aspx) For these reasons, or others, you might be choosing to not wear a mask. If you are making this choice, you may experience exclusion, derogation, and possibly even violent, aggressive acts.
It seems fairly obvious that the mask “orders” have been put in place to 1) control us, and 2) divide us, and “they” are doing a good job. Unlike declining vaccines, which is invisible to others, your choice to not wear a mask is the first thing other people will notice about you these days. This sets us up for polarization and division before we have even have a chance to say hello to one another. And forget about smiling at someone if you are masked.
I estimate that approximately 50% of the population thinks wearing a mask is good idea. They are wearing masks much of the time (albeit often correctly); they are on board with the agenda and doing their best to comply. Let’s call them pro-maskers.
The other 50% of us think wearing a mask is unnecessary, unhealthy and ridiculous. For the sake of brevity, let’s call these people anti-maskers. Unfortunately, however, a large number of anti-maskers are wearing masks for a variety of reasons: they think they have to; they think it is the law; they are worried about confrontations; despite being opposed to masking, they want to be good citizens and go along with the program. For the anti-maskers, the last thing on their minds is worrying that they will contract COVID-19 and have a bad outcome.
While anti-maskers are not trying to control pro-maskers and get them to stop wearing masks, the same cannot be said of most pro-maskers. They are regularly trying to exert the pro-masking agenda by such tactics as denying mask-free shoppers entry into stores, terminating anti-maskers from their jobs, and verbally and physically confronting those choosing to not wear masks.
Some people are using the strategy of claiming exemptions to mask wearing on the basis of a medical condition or their religious beliefs. An exemption provides one with immunity to a regulation or order, or at least it is supposed to. Exemptions to vaccines have been used for decades and are codified into law in most states. Unfortunately we have vaccines exemptions being removed, state by state as the pharma-backed, pro-vaccine agenda marches relentlessly on.
It is important to understand that up until now, the “mandates” for wearing masks are recommendations or executive orders from overreaching governors and health czars. So far, mask recommendation are just that… recommendations. They are not laws and thus do not technically need to be obeyed.
Can we claim exemptions to wearing masks? Will that work? Will laws be put into place that supersede out ability to say no?
And more importantly, why do we even need to ask these questions? I assert that we should not even need to say why we are choosing to not wear masks. Not wearing masks should be the norm, and wearing them should be an exception.
I believe we should not need to exempt ourselves from vaccines or mask wearing. We anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers are simply trying to exist in the world in our natural state, breathing the pure air that nature provides us and living with the uncontaminated blood that we were born with flowing in our arteries and veins. It is a false narrative at best, and an agenda to control our every move at worst, when we are all told we must submit to invasive procedures to protect the health of others… even if those measures may injure or kill us.
There are a few things we can do to fight against encroaching mask and vaccine mandates.
1. We need the true science to be presented in the mainstream media (neither masks nor vaccines are effective at stopping the spread of infections). If you have any contacts in the media, encourage them to report the truth or at least present both sides of the issue.
2. Contact your state and federal legislators frequently. Let them know that you do not support mandates for masks or vaccines and that you are watching how they vote on these issues.
3. Talk to individuals who are wearing masks because they think the should. Encourage them to try asserting their beliefs by not wearing a mask. I do this, and when challenged I say, “I have a condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. I would like to shop in your store/eat in your restaurant. I hope that’s OK.”
4. We need to take legal action against those trying to force mandates. It is unconstitutional for our government to mandate masks, vaccines, and other medical procedures. Let’s raise funds to take legal action agains those trying to force us to accept unwanted medical procedures.
5. Network with like-minded people in your community and with organizations that align with your point of view. There is strength in numbers so we need to get together with people who think like we do to promote the reality that we want to see, not acquiesce to the authoritarian reality “they” want to impose on us.
The bottom line is we need freedom of choice; pro-maskers can wear their masks; anti-maskers can freely go without masks without suffering unwanted consequences for their choice. We need freedom from fear-mongering and propaganda that are creating schisms in our society that may not be reversible.