State Wide Mask Mandate for the State of Oklahoma

State Wide Mask Mandate for the State of Oklahoma

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Bailey Boller started this petition to Governor Kevin Stitt

On November 30th,  Governor Kevin Stitt put forward a proclamation that proclaimed that December 3rd would be a state wide day of prayer and fasting within the state of Oklahoma. Within this proclamation, he cited 2 Chronicles 7:14. which states: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

As someone who grew up in Christianity, I do not question the power of prayer, but it does need to be balanced out by common sense. As of December 3rd, Oklahoma is one of 13 out of the 50 states that does not have a state wide mask mandate (CNN, 2020).

If Governor Stitt is going to cite the Bible in a government document, he should also be able to use the Bible to justify a stronger COVID response/a mask mandate. Specifically Mark 12:30-31: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

In this verse, Jesus is telling his followers that the top two things a Christian can do is love God, and also love their neighbor. The best way a Christian can love their neighbor right now is through wearing a mask.

Given that the state of Oklahoma has a very high population of far-right Christians (a lot of whom do not regular wear masks), to use this to justify a mask mandate would allow for the most pre-dominate anti-maskers within the state of Oklahoma to willingly/begrudgingly wear a mask.

It is not ideal to use any kind of religious language within a government document, and that is a subject for a whole other petition, but at least in this way, to use the Bible to justify a mask mandate would make the most right leaning in the state of Oklahoma mask up to help protect their vulnerable populations.

Reference:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/us/biden-mask-mandate-nationwide-trnd/index.html

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