Several days ago, Georgi Boorman wrote a piece at The Federalist entitled Mask Fanatics Have Officially Abandoned Science To Control Your Life. In the article, she makes the point that for many 'Mask Nazis' and petty tyrants, the issue of mask wearing has become an article of faith, and is no longer based on science.
It’s nothing new for political religions to produce radicals that develop their own sects or cults. This time around, rigid devotion to enforcing mask compliance has produced runaway fanaticism based on nothing but blind faith that more mask-wearing is always better. Even the public health experts, whom these followers all promoted as great prophets just months ago, can’t tame their fervor.
That’s a problem, because a return to normalcy will require subduing radical factions that agitate for oppression. Restrictions such as mask mandates are like oxygen to followers of radical fundamentalist Covidianism — the abiding belief that only lockdowns, social distancing, and masks can deliver us from the deadly pandemic. The longer mandates stay in place and experts continue promoting mask use — “My mask protects you! Your mask protects me!” — the stronger and more widespread the extremism will grow, and the less influence experts will have over their behavior.
I started back to work in late July. Even though I could see that masks had no useful purpose, I like most of those around me tried to keep up appearances. But, as one goes about one's duties, only to discover that more and more, most of the people you deal with aren't wearing masks, you begin to drop the act. Governor Cooper may not like it, but out there, in the country side far away from Raleigh, most people do not believe him. Indeed, it has become something of a tell tale talisman. Those who religiously wear masks are the Democrat base, those who don't are more inclined to lean Republican.
Here's what I know. First, the experts told us it was spread though the infected breathing out virus bodies to infect others. This would be airborne. But the virus is so small that the pores in either surgical masks or the cloth masks most people wear are too large to filter these viruses. Scott Morefield has describe it as building a chain link fence to stop mosquitoes
As soon as you point out that their masks are full of holes, the Covidians switch to another argument. Oh, no, it's not that it is airborne, but if you cough, or sneeze, or spit, that is what causes infection. And anyway, you don't know if you have it or not. A mask will stop the droplets.
But, as I point out, I am not coughing, of sneezing, and in any case I am standing a good distance away. Not good enough, the Covidians say, because...because. They have gotten the religion, and mean to cram it down everyone's throats.
Georgi Boorman has coined a new term for this strange religion. She calls it Radical Covidianism. Covidians seek meaning through the self proclaimed belief that they care more than you. Instead, they should put their trust in the God of Creation.