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Palm Beach County residents express outrage over mask requirement: ‘Devil’s laws’

Jun 25, 2020

By Zack Budryk

A Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners public comment session went viral Wednesday after residents denounced mandatory masking laws as “devil’s laws” that would “throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door.”

One attendee, Sylvia Ball, said she was “very sad to see the authorities stomping on our constitutional rights,” adding, “They want to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door. You’re all turning your backs on it,” a local CBS affiliate reported.

Another attendee, Christina Gomez, vowed, “We will get together and do a citizen’s arrest on every single human being that goes against the freedom of choice” adding that masks “literally [are] killing people … and every one of you who are obeying the Devil’s law are going to be arrested for crimes against humanity.”

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8 comments on “Palm Beach County residents express outrage over mask requirement: ‘Devil’s laws’

  • This is so preposterously idiotic I scarcely know how to begin replying to it.

    “very sad to see the authorities stomping on our constitutional rights,”

    Where is the Constitution does it say a person has the right to infect others with contagious diseases?   And where does it say a person has no right to protect themselves from contagious diseases?

    “We will get together and do a citizen’s arrest on every single human being that goes against the freedom of choice”

    So if a person chooses to wear a mask, we’ll arrest ourselves for interfering with that person’s freedom of choice?

    “… and every one of you who are obeying the Devil’s law are going to be arrested for crimes against humanity.”

    Where are the Devil’s laws laid down, how are they applicable to nation states, how are they enforced, and who by?   How is it a crime to protect yourself (and others) from being infected with a contagious disease?   Isn’t opposing measures intended to prevent the spread of a disease far closer to being a ‘crime against humanity’ than the measures themselves (which are nothing of the sort)


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  • Florida.

    The same state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump to be president. Donald. Trump.

    The same state that requires public schools to hang the motto “In God We Trust” over their entrances…to protect students from mass shooters.

    Is this latest display of their idiocy really all that surprising?


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  • It is indeed ‘preposterously idiotic’, but it all falls into place when you realise that, for a certain type of American, Christianity has next to nothing to do with the story of the carpenter from Nazareth, and everything to do with American Exceptionalism.

    For a certain kind of American Christian, the US Constitution is every bit as holy, every bit as divinely inspired, as the Bible. They don’t view it merely as a legal document: they literally believe it was handed down from God, in the same way they claim to believe the Ten Commandments were handed down to Moses.

    For them it is a divinely sanctioned licence to be selfish, childish, petulant, irresponsible and brattish: US Americans have replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people, which means they are free to do whatever the hell they like because they have God’s favour and protection. Responsibility towards themselves and others simply doesn’t come into it. They have God’s blessing to behave like spoilt brats their whole life long.

    Mask regulations impinge on that freedom and are based on the assumption that US Americans are not divinely protected from pandemics, and so are from the devil.

    I cannot think of another country in the world whose citizens – such a sizeable proportion of them, anyway – are so outraged at the very suggestion that they have responsibilities towards others.


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  • Mask regulations impinge on that freedom and are based on the assumption that US Americans are not divinely protected from pandemics, and so are from the devil.

    And yet 47,341 new US cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed over the last 24 hours.

    Religion and ignorance fit hand in glove.


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  • So grateful at the moment to be living where I am.  Currently the country has one case in intensive care.  11 cases total (only one in my state) our state is still locked down I believe.  The only cases we’ve found in recent times is cases from Over seas returning home and a couple being found in that cohort.  Testing is now quick (uncomfortable) and easy everyone who has flu like symptoms in my town goes through effectively a drive through testing complex and has the results in a couple of days.  Life is pretty much returned back to normal.

    Australia being a large country and with people who arrive either needing to arrive by boat or plane it makes it easier to track.  I was concerned that the black lives matter protests might have triggered a second wave and although a couple of people who attended and were latter to be confirmed had the virus when they went they were wearing masks and there’s been no outbreak (although as much arse as class I suspect).  We got off to a poor start and our economy is pretty bad, but miles better than some countries that acted even latter than us.

    The lesson to be learned I suppose is shut down sooner rather than latter and there will be a lot less pain.  I’m going to see my family today, we’re now free to travel within the state overnight, visiting family etc.

    So sorry that many of you are still in the middle of this.  All the best.

     


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