Pastor Greg Locke showed up in Snohomish and said, “Face coverings are a device of control.” (“Pastor who visited Snohomish: ‘We’ve been duped’ about virus,” The Herald, Sept. 17). As a Christian, I have always believed the 10 Commandments and the stone tablet they were initially written on as devices of control, just as the laws that govern our civilization, and the laws of the natural world. Let’s face it, without “device controls” humanity does not treat itself, other living creatures or the planet we all depend on for our survival with our own best interest.
Too often avarice and “bearing false witness against your neighbor” rule the day. It’s surprising someone in Locke’s position would make such a statement about face masks when they are our best protection against the spread of Covid-19, according to epidemiologists around the world, including the head of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield. One must wonder if the pandemic has made it difficult for the pastor to maintain his lifestyle, or if he didn’t pass or take a high school biology course.
It’s painful to know there would be far fewer than 200,000 lives lost to Covid-19, people would be back to work, and life would be much more normal right now if Americans as a whole cared more about each other than themselves.