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Ohio Parents Say Masks in School Infringe on Religious Beliefs, Sue Health Director

Sep 16, 2020

By Jocelyn Grzeszczak

A group of more than two dozen Ohio parents are suing the state’s health director over an imposed mask requirement at schools, arguing that the mandate infringes upon their religious beliefs and the ability to raise their children as they wish.

The complaint, filed last week in Putnam County Common Pleas Court, responds to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Interim Director Lance Himes’ order signed August 13, which requires that face coverings be worn in K-12 educational settings in an effort to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Himes’ order names several exemptions from the mandate, including students with a disability, mental health condition or medical condition, or if an “established sincerely held religious requirement” does not permit the use of a mask, according to the order.

But the complaint argues that the plaintiffs’ right to the free exercise of religion has been violated by the order’s language, which insists upon a “religious ‘requirement’ rather than a belief.'”

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One comment on “Ohio Parents Say Masks in School Infringe on Religious Beliefs, Sue Health Director”

  • From OP:

    due to the impersonal and unnatural reality that wearing masks creates

    Religious idiots wouldn’t know reality if it got up and smacked them in the face. The rest of us will wear a mask if asked, to stop the reality of Covid-19.


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