Quote for the Day…
I suffer from that disorder where I speak the truth and it pisses people off. -Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Fifty Percent
- Parental Rights & Religious Grounds Notice
- Reading Assignments
- The Western Word Poll
According to reports, Montana finally has 50% of its eligible residents vaccinated. That’s nothing to be proud of as there have been 652 new cases in the latest report. (Source)
Montana is ranked in the bottom half for the percentage of residents fully vaccinated in some reports I have seen.
The truth is there is a better chance you will die without the vaccine. CNN is reporting that if you live in a state with a low vaccination rate, you’re 4 times more likely to be hospitalized and more than 5 times more likely to die.
Congratulations to the 50% of Montanans who are vaccinated. As for the other 50% who are eligible; you’re acting like dumbasses and making your state look like a bunch of uneducated yokels.
PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS GROUNDS NOTICE:
While doing some research I came upon a document supposedly being used by the anti-maskers in Montana to use to try and keep little Johnny and Susie from wearing a mask while in the public school classroom.
It’s called “Parental Rights and Religious Grounds Notice.” Here are the main parts:
I, the undersigned, am providing this notice of my constitutional and inalienable parental (guardian) rights to the health, mental wellbeing and education of my child. The child(ren) listed below will be attending public school in their natural born state without any facial covering of their nose or mouth. Furthermore, any facial covering policy violates my sincerely held religious beliefs, which preclude me, and by extension my child under my direction and care, from being able to take part in this act. Any retaliation, segregation or suspension of my child(ren) will be viewed as discrimination based on our religious beliefs. A masking requirement is a violation of our Constitutional rights, 1964 Civil Rights Act, and state law (SB 215 Religious Restoration Act). I retain all healthcare decisions for my child(ren) for all time and I do not consent to any healthcare checks, biologics, or mask requirements if you do not have my express written permission for:
They form then goes into the constitutional part of their argument:
I have no intention to un-enroll my child and I reserve all legal rights.
While it is not legally necessary for me to justify my parental decisions and rights, nevertheless for your benefit, I have provided below a few of the reasons why any school policy aiming to force a “health policy” is unconstitutional and violates fundamental aspects of my parental authority.
The right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Montana.
In 1972, the United States Supreme Court, in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205, held that the “primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition.”
In 2000, in Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57, the United States Supreme Court produced six different opinions on the nature and enforceability of parental rights under the Constitution of the United States that have created confusion and ambiguity about the fundamental nature of parental rights in the laws and society of our nation and in the states.
“The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children. . . The child is not the mere creature of the State;” Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
Pursuant to MT state law effective 5/14/21 due to HB 435, revising civil liability for governmental entities which includes school districts.
“Section 6. Limitation on requirements. (1) If a federal or state statute, regulation, order, or public health guidance related to covid-19 recommends or requires the use of a face mask, a government entity is not required to ensure face masks are being used or a face mask is sufficient to stop the spread of covid-19 to meet the standard of care.”
Pursuant to MT state law effective 10/1/21 due to SB 400, school district interference with parental rights on healthcare decisions is restricted and the burden of proof rests on the governmental entity.
“Section 1. Interference with fundamental parental rights restricted — cause of action. (1) A governmental entity may not interfere with the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of their children unless the governmental entity demonstrates that the interference:
(a) furthers a compelling governmental interest; and
(b) is narrowly tailored and is the least restrictive means available for the furthering of the compelling governmental interest.”
I hate to break it to the anti-maskers, but this is probably not going to work. You can always home school your precious children or send them to a private school. I think you should probably listen to the CDC and other notable healthcare organizations and not listen to politicians and “Facebook doctors” and “Facebook lawyers.”
I strive to make sure my readers are informed about the latest news…
Elementary students denied entry to school for refusal to wear masks
Good for the principal. #MaskUpMT
Matt Gaetz elopes to California, marries girlfriend
The AP reports his wife is 26…
Rachel Maddow extends contract with MSNBC: reports
Maddow is by far the most intelligent person on the evening cable news channels.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
It seems everywhere we turn someone has an opinion about the handling of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. A lot of those opinions are political.
Here is your chance to give your opinion – “Grade President Joe Biden on his handling of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
The results will be released later this week.
If parents don’t care about the health of their own kids or their own health, that’s probably within their rights. Up to the point of child neglect.
But it is the health of all kids (and their families, and their teachers) that the school mask mandates are about, the best available measure to keep them from coughing and wheezing all over each other. Parent of kids 12 and under don’t have the option of vaccines to protect their kids. Without all kids wearing masks every kid and teacher is at the mercy of all the unmasked kids in school. Then the parents who care about the risk of Covid to their kids have to decide whether sending the kids to school is worth the risk and whether they need to stay home instead. The anti-mask parents have dicated the decisions of all other parents, and negated their rights.
People who insist on sending their unmasked kids to school with a bunch of other unvaccinated kids obviously care nothing at all about other people, other kids, or society as a whole. They are incredibly selfish. They don’t care who ends up in the hospital with giant bills, has to live life with long Covid symptoms, or even dies.
As for the “sincerely held religious beliefs” about masks, give it a break. Face coverings were not an issue before March 2020 (excepting Islam). These convenient newfound excuses are nothing but an opportunistic effort to hide behind religious freedom laws, just like everyone said would happen when those laws were passed.
And finally for the 1964 Civil Rights Act – it prohibits treating anyone differently. If all are required to wear a mask, no none is being treated differently. It’s the same as any other generally applicable law.
Terry – Great points. Thanks, JmB
Well Said, Public health is a public requirement. No choice is involved. We must prepare for the next easily transmissible very deadly virus to come along. (historically proven). I guess , HIV, MERS, SARS, Smallpox, Polio, Diptheria, Whooping cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, and recent vaccines against certain genital viral infections for prepubescent children are not enough to make people understand. You can ignore the Public Health but, given the proper circumstance, the Public Health will not ignore you
Here’s the meeting if you’ve got the stomach for it.
And these anti vaxx idiots aren’t going away. They’re doubling down. I see that they’re having a rally today from 5-7 across from the school district offices.
I watched a video of the board meeting. It was the twilight zone, 1925 version. One woman got up and protested the mandates. Toward the end of her rant, she admitted that she had no kids in public schools because she had pulled them out when she realized that schools were teaching evolution instead of creationism. Scopes Monkey trial redux. I was blown away.
And loony Lola did her best Don Corelone impression by threatening the board with a horse head in their beds if they voted for the mandate. Who the hell does she think she is? And where does she get off threatening our local volunteer boards who dedicate their time to keeping our schools superior? She threatened to withhold school funding!
And of course there was the requisite knuckle dragged who pounded the lectern and screamed at the top of his lungs trying to intimidate the board. But the board would have none of it and threatened to call security. What kind of moron exhibits that kind of outrage over a mask mandate?
I have been in countless public meetings over the years on all kinds of contentious issues. But never have I seen anything like this. These folks are in their own reality. I’m afraid that this is the future. Public meetings will have to adjust to limit the crazy.