This is Matt Hartley, a “pastor” and father of two from Jacksonville.
The other day his kids were featured on CNN after his 12 year old daughter wrote a letter to her school board (completely on her own without his prompting of course) urging them to force kids like her to wear masks. Her reasoning? Although she’s vaccinated, her 10 year old brother who wears two masks at all times is not old enough to get vaccinated, so he will probably die.
This 12-year-old wrote a letter to her school board in Duval County, Florida, urging them to mandate mask-wearing in schools to protect all students and staff, but mostly her little brother. https://t.co/tm5JJwBOKf pic.twitter.com/3MUGqaNsFS
— CNN (@CNN) August 4, 2021
I’m not sure who is more evil here – CNN or these children’s abusive parents. This picture says it all:
They’re sitting around the house wearing masks, and three of them are vaccinated. This is a mental disorder. People like this should not be taken seriously in a sane society, and luckily in Florida they are the minority.
This is what child abuse looks like. These children have an irrational fear of a virus. Here’s a quote from the girl.
“I’m so worried that if masks are not required my brother could go to school one day and the next be dying in the hospital.”
She wrongly believes that her brother will die from COVID if it gets into his mouth, and that wearing a mask somehow will prevent that from happening. She clearly doesn’t know that children almost never die from the virus, because she thinks there’s a good chance this will happen. She doesn’t realize that her brother is infinitely more likely to die in a car accident than he is from COVID.
She’s not old enough to use logic like this on her own, so it’s up to her parent to be the adult and tell his child the truth. But he’s not doing that. Instead he’s exacerbating her fear and watching her plunge deeper into mental illness. If my daughter told me she thought the bogeyman was under her bed I would tell her she has nothing to worry about. If Matt Hartley’s daughter told him she thought the bogeyman was under her bed he’d tell her that she was right, but if she wears a mask the bogeyman will leave her alone.
She also believes the masks are working.
“These masks have proven that they’re saving people.”
No dear, they’re not saving anyone. You live in a state that has never had mask mandates. Your death rate from COVID is significantly lower than the death rate in Massachusetts from COVID, where we have had mask mandates.
Then there’s this poor abused child:
“At school I wear two masks because I wanna make sure I don’t get sick.”
Kids like this used to get wedgies. Now they get interviews on CNN.
Newsflash – you’re gonna get sick kid. It’s part of life. This is why science gave us immune systems.
Then there was Matt Hartley:
“I care about your kid as much as I care about my kid, and I don’t want any kid to be hospitalized.”
Thanks but I don’t need you caring about my kid Matt. Your definition of care is abusive. You don’t want your kid hospitalized, and they won’t be. I on the other hand want my kid to be able to breathe and see other kids smile, which they can’t do with masks on.
CNN is nothing more than COVID propaganda, and a big reason we’re still playing these games. Millions of people trust them to bring them news, but they are an agenda driven network. And they chose this family in Florida to spotlight because they’re threatened by Ron DeSantis, and realize he’s a more electable and effective version of Donald Trump. They know his policies have worked and are popular there, but they’re trying their damndest to convince the public otherwise.
They found their guy in Matt Hartley though, since he believes that Ron DeSantis is “murderous,” and that parents who don’t wanna force their kids to wear masks should be keeping them home from school completely to accommodate his emotionally fragile offspring.
He is quite possibly the biggest toolbag I’ve ever seen.
He is the Associate Director of Interfaith, Department and Diversity Initiatives at the University of North Florida.
Because no school could survive with an Associate Director of Interfaith, Department and Diversity Initiatives.
He’s yet another activist pretending to be a pastor, and using the tax free churches to spread left wing political propaganda. During the George Floyd riots he never once spoke out against large mass gatherings, despite being petrified of COVID. Instead he shared his anti-racism reading list.
In case you didn’t think masking was completely political, he has his pronouns in his bio.
Because, of course he does.
Matt obviously hates Trump and DeSantis, loves Elizabeth Warren, and was furious that schools opened at all last year. According to him we should’ve closed schools down until we “crushed the virus,” AKA never reopen schools.
His life’s work is to overturn white supremacy, whatever that means.
He also rejected calls for unity with Republicans, because we can’t ignore how our “whiteness has been used as a weapon against people of color.
People like Matt can’t understand how people like you and I could possibly not want our kids to wear masks in schools, because these are the kinds of people he surrounds himself with:
Your father is 98. That’s what 98 year old people do – they get sick and die. I’m not masking my child so the elderly can hide from a virus, and I’ve never once heard an elderly person ask me to do that.
Lauren here is TERRIFIED!
“Science is real” might be the dumbest thing these people have in their arsenal of bad faith arguments. Yes, science is real. And the science show us kids don’t die from COVID, so there’s no reason for them to be wearing masks.
Oh, and here’s Matt in May of 2020 at some Interfaith convention, during the heigh of the pandemic, without a mask on.
It’s OK when a bunch of unvaccinated grownups do it during the heigh of spread, but completely healthy kids should have to smother themselves so they don’t die.
These people are evil, and should be treated as such. Don’t be nice or cordial to them. Remember that they are trying to abuse your children, they are your enemy, and under no circumstances should you attempt to find common ground with them. They seek to destroy your way of life, and you should seek to destroy theirs.
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