IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not intending to give – or
qualified to give – medical advice. Utilize all information herein at your own
risk. For medical assistance, consult a good doctor(s).
There are a variety of
reasons Catholics may oppose wearing face masks during a pandemic. For
* Masks may depersonalize people and cover up faces of
those made in God's image
* Forced mask wearing violates one's God-given right to autonomy over one's own body AND one's God-given right to breathe freely
* Masks may cause wearers to breathe in their own toxins
that are trapped in masks
* Healthy people should have the right to 'breathe freely
as God intended', relying on their God-given immune system and other preventive
measures rather than being forced to wear masks against their will
* Masks may deprive people of oxygen to unhealthy levels
and make breathing more difficult (although we cannot vouch for any particular
study, we have seen various videos online purporting to prove a sudden drop in
oxygen after a mask is placed over the nose & mouth, some even utilizing
monitoring equipment to make their point)
* Masks on the general public collect bacteria and can be extremely unhygienic
* Studies have claimed that masks may pose serious health risks to
wearers – for example...
Although we cannot personally vouch for the study (we do
NOT have medical training), it is interesting to note that a late 2020 study
reportedly by a doctor associated with Stanford University claims that the
following may be potential consequences of mask wearing: hypoxemia, hypercapnia,
acidosis, toxicity, immunosupression, cancer, diabetes, exacerbation of existing
conditions, etc. (see table below) [Note: If images herein appear too small,
try zooming up the display in your browser.]
Again, we cannot personally vouch for the study, but the
same study (which credits nearly 70 references and which at one time had been
published under the nih.gov website) concluded that data suggest that masks are
"ineffective" and can have "substantial adverse physiological and
psychological effects" (emphasis added)...
Even if studies against masks such as this one were ever
shown to be false, shouldn't this at least be proven beyond doubt (by groups
experts entirely free from any agenda or personal interest) before certain individuals
take it on themselves to force other people to cover their breathing apparatus?
* Mask wearing can be very uncomfortable, and may
potentially result in various unpleasant side effects (e.g. note that the above
study lists headaches, fatigue, insomnia, compromised cognitive performance,
etc. as potential effects of mask wearing)
* Masks may cause wearers to touch their face frequently
(didn't your mother teach you this is a 'no no'?)
* Masks may result in adverse psychological effects to
wearers and others
* There may be 'little to no' benefits of wearing a mask
(for example, besides the openings all around masks that are not sealed to the
face, the particle size of viruses may be much smaller than openings in a mask -
like trying to block a fly with a chain link fence). Even face mask packaging
admits masks are not effective! Not to mention the fact that eyes are typically uncovered, leaving particles to remain free to enter therein...
* Masks may give wearers a false sense of security and
therefore lead wearers to take more risks
* Many non-medical(!) establishments apparently feel they
have the right to force employees & patrons to cover up their breathing
apparatus without considering potential harm to such persons or honoring their
medical exceptions. Since when do people have a right to restrict others' air
supply? Since when do we have an obligation to cede control of our face & our
essential bodily functions (i.e. breathing!) to anyone, especially someone we
are not related to and who may not actually care for us? To persons who have arrogated to themselves the right to obstruct others' very breathing? To 'oxygen thieves' who
may lack sound medical knowledge and who may not even be held responsible for
any harm they cause us? To someone that (falsely!) thinks they have authority
over or bodies and fails to acknowledge our God-given right to breathe without
hindrance? To misguided persons who can't even seem to understand that it is
IMPOSSIBLE for healthy people to infect others? To authoritarian people who fail
to respect others' right to take risks they deem appropriate?
* Masks may be tied to submission/control by government,
employers, fellow shoppers, etc. (If persons are empowered to force other people
to cover their God-given & life-sustaining breathing apparatus when they are not
even sick, what can they not force?)
* Mask wearing may present a great threat to freedom (e.g.
due to force / pressure / refusal of service). Since when do elected officials
(and others) have the right to dictate how healthy people breathe? Since when
are politicians allowed to tell others what they must wear over their
faces? What gives them the right to turn into dictatorial 'facial fascists'?
What gives them (or anyone) the legal right to restrict our oxygen? Especially without
proving any substantial benefit or considering any consequences? Remember that our inherent freedoms (like breathing freely without hindrance) come from God, not from politicians or others. Others have no right to take such freedoms from us.
* Mask 'mandates' may be forced on the population by a
single group / organization / person (with or without a medical background) in
supposed emergencies as if they were 'laws', thereby potentially leading to an
'authoritarian state' (as an emergency can 'always' be asserted). Yet what gives ANY person the legal right to deprive any another person of oxygen?
* Mask wearing may disproportionately harm certain groups
(e.g. disabled persons who have greater difficulty breathing with a mask on, ill
persons whose conditions might be exacerbated by wearing a mask, weaker persons
who may be abused by others concerning mask wearing, etc.)
* Mask 'mandates' may harm small businesses as customers
who have difficulty covering their breathing apparatus while shopping may choose
to instead shop online
* Mask 'mandates' may allow others to 'legally',
discriminate against you if you can't/won't wear a mask
* Actual 'real world' results have suggested that mask
wearing is not effective (e.g. cases climbing after mask mandates imposed, cases
declining after mandates lifted)
* Masks may symbolize fear, submission, depersonalization,
* People with agendas may prevent others from discussing
potential harm associated with masks as social media and others have suppressed
opinions (and even medical studies) of those who question masks
* Mask wearing zealots have arguably contributed to authoritarianism–even without scientific proof of masking effectiveness. Note that some persons have been forced into compliance under pain of fines, police brutality, and incarceration!
* Billions of discarded masks have become an 'environmental
disaster', or a 'pandemic of pollution'
* Mask wearing may have political rather than medical roots
Note that masks worn
by the general public who are not trained to properly don and doff masks may be
breeding grounds for bacteria. In medical settings, masks are to be donned
& doffed properly, disposed of frequently, and rooms may be fitted with special
ventilation so as to offset lack of oxygen caused by mask wearing. In contrast,
the general public may frequently touch masks with bacteria-laden hands, fail to
clean or replace them at regular intervals (some even re-use disposable masks!),
and the general public 'entirely lacks' any suitable means of offsetting oxygen
deprivation that may be caused by mask wearing.
Masks worn by the general population may be associated with a variety of pejorative terms (e.g. 'communist muzzle', breathing obstruction instrument, Petri dish, oxygen deprivation device, face diaper, bacteria collection device, fear elevation device, dirty face rags, compliance muzzle, forced breathing barrier, bacteria trap, smile blocker, 'face chains', sign of ignorance/obedience, identity deprivation device, anxiety napkin, 'face panties', duck bill, bacteria incubator, dehumanizing compliance device, infection vector, 'doggy muzzle', self-smothering device, germ rebreather, etc.)
In fact, when people & the news are not censored (or are otherwise not prohibited from posting against masks), there have been a large number of anti-mask posts/articles. A few sample snippets appear below...
Note: Snippet above is 'obviously sarcastic'.
Note: Picture above is for illustrative purposes only. Those who actually obstruct an animal's breathing apparatus with a mask may be guilty of animal abuse.
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qualified to give – medical advice. Utilize all information herein at your own
risk. For medical assistance, consult a good doctor(s). We are also not intending to be critical of any well-informed persons
who voluntarily wish to wear a mask.
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